Insulation Statements are now compulsory with all new tenancy agreements. Insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019.
From 1 July 2019, ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.
A landlord who fails to comply with the regulations will be committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000.
Landlords may be eligible for help from their local council. A number of councils allow homeowners to add the cost of insulation to their rates and pay it back over about nine years.
The Healthy Homes Standards will include new requirements for insulation, which will take effect from 1 July 2021 onwards.
Under the current requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords must ensure that their rental properties have the right ceiling and underfloor insulation by 1 July 2019.
Landlords who have installed new insulation since 2016 should already meet the 2008 Building Code, so they won’t need to do anything further when the Healthy Homes Standards take effect.
However, landlords who didn’t previously need to insulate under the current requirements, may now need to do so under the Healthy Homes Standards. Currently, if the property already has ceiling insulation which is at least 70mm thick and underfloor insulation, and both are in good condition, then landlords have not been required to take action.
Under the Healthy Homes Standards, all rental properties will need to have insulation which meets the 2008 Building Code, or is at least 120mm thick.
More information and help sheets can be found at tenancy services website: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/insulation/