A healthy Home inspection involves the inspection of a dwelling for compliance of the following areas-
a) Ventilation & Extractors b) Insulation c) Draught Stopping d) Drainage & Moisture Ingress e) Heating f) Smoke Alarms
What does the Healthy Homes standard require? The Healthy Homes standards includes 5 categories:
Ventilation & Extraction: Ventilation must include openable windows in each habitable space. The windows must comprise at least 5% of the floor area of that space. An appropriately sized extraction fan or rangehood must be installed in rooms with a bath or shower or indoor cooktop.
Insulation: The minimum level of ceiling and underfloor insulation must either meet the 2008 Building Code, or (for existing ceiling insulation) have a minimum thickness of 120mm and be in reasonable condition with no dampness, damage, or displacement.
Draught Stopping: Any gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors that cause unreasonable draughts must be remedied. This includes all unused open fireplaces and chimneys. Moisture Ingress and drainage: The standards reinforce the existing law which states that landlords must have adequate drainage and guttering. If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor space, it must have an on-ground moisture barrier, which will stop moisture rising into the home.
Heating: The main living room must have a fixed heating device that can heat the room to at least 18°C. The new regulations clarify the requirements for heating devices – some will not meet the requirements under the heating standard as they are inefficient, unaffordable, or unhealthy.
General Exemptions: There are some general exemptions that can apply to all these standards; they are quite specific and limited, and we recommend you take advice on whether your situation meets these tests. These can be found at https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/healthy-homes/exemptions-to-the-healthy-homes-standards/
Timeline: 1 July 2019 | Landlords must sign a statement of intent to comply with the healthy home’s standards in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement.
1 Dec 2020 | Landlords must sign a statement of their current level of compliance with the healthy home’s standards in any new, varied, or renewed tenancy agreement.
1 July 2021| Landlords must ensure that all rental homes comply with the Standards within 90 days of any new, or renewed tenancy.
1 July 2024| All rental homes must comply with the Standards, regardless of when the tenancy began.
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