The New Regulations
All private rentals must comply within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy agreement after 1 July 2021, with all private rentals complying by 1 July 2024. All boarding houses must comply by 1 July 2021. All houses rented by Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) and registered Community Housing Providers must comply by 1 July 2023.
Landlords must provide at least one fixed heating device that is capable of achieving a minimum temperature of at least 18°C in the living room. Some heating devices are inefficient, unaffordable or unhealthy and will not meet the requirements under the heating standard.
Landlords must ensure efficient drainage and guttering, downpipes and drains. If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor, it must have a ground moisture barrier if it’s possible to install one.
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. The insulation standard builds on the current regulations and has been compulsory since 1 July 2019.
Landlords must make sure to stop any unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors that cause noticeable draught. All unused open fireplaces and chimneys must be blocked to prevent draught.
Rental homes must include openable windows or doors in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. Also, an appropriately-sized extractor fan(s) must be installed in rooms with a bath or shower or indoor cooktop.
Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand
Research shows that rental stock is poorer in quality than owner-occupied homes.