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    Default Healthy Homes Guarantee Act standards announced

    All rental homes will be required to:

    Have a heater that can heat the main living area to 18 degrees Celsius.
    Have ceiling and underfloor insulation that either meets the 2008 Building Code insulation standard, or (for existing ceiling insulation) has a minimum thickness of 120 millimetres.
    Kitchens and bathrooms will be required to have extraction fans or rangehoods.
    Install a ground moisture barrier to stop moisture rising into the home where there is an enclosed subfloor space.
    Have adequate drainage and guttering to prevent water entering the home.
    Block draughts that make a home harder to heat.
    Compliance timeline:

    July 1, 2021 – Private landlords must ensure rental properties comply with the healthy home standards within 90 days of any new tenancy, and all boarding houses must comply with the healthy home standards.

    July 1, 2023 – All Housing New Zealand houses and registered Community Housing Providers houses must comply with the healthy home standards.

    July 1, 2024 – All rental homes must comply with the healthy home standards.


    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/110...ment-announces

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    The return on investment on these upgrades is fantastic. Phil has locked in my next 2-3 years if rent increases.

    What a ripping bloke.

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    Does this overwrite the current law, that private rentals need to have insulation (underfloor, ceilings) by mid 2019? Has this bought private landlords an extra 5 years to get their rentals up to standard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biglet View Post
    Does this overwrite the current law, that private rentals need to have insulation (underfloor, ceilings) by mid 2019? Has this bought private landlords an extra 5 years to get their rentals up to standard?
    No, still have to meet the 1 July 2019 date.

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    Found it:
    In most cases, the fixed heating device required will be a larger device such as a heat-pump or wood burner. In some cases such as small apartments, a smaller fixed electric heater will be sufficient. The minimum size of the small fixed heater that the online tool will recommend is 1.5 kilowatt.


    Some heating devices are inefficient, unaffordable or unhealthy to run, such as unflued gas heaters, open fires, electric heaters (except heat pumps) with a heating capacity of greater than 2.4 kilowatts, and multiple electric heaters (except heatpumps) in one room. These particular heating devices will not be accepted in the heating standard, meaning that while they can still be used, they won’t meet the standard and the landlord will in most cases need to provide an alternative, acceptable fixed heating device.
    So an electric heater between 1.5 and 2.4 kw will do.
    About $100?
    And if the living room is too large an area to warm up?
    Simple, divide it in half with a new wall.
    Let the other half be a study with no heating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Kane View Post
    So an electric heater between 1.5 and 2.4 kw will do.
    About $100?
    And if the living room is too large an area to warm up?
    Simple, divide it in half with a new wall.
    Let the other half be a study with no heating.
    Or two heaters - one at each end of the room?
    Want a great looking concrete swimming pool in Hawke's Bay? Designer Pools will do the job for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    Or two heaters - one at each end of the room?
    For electric heaters - it covers that - not up to standard.
    Must be one heater less than 2.4kw.
    And can heat the room to 18C - might use a formula to calculate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Kane View Post
    For electric heaters - it covers that - not up to standard.
    Must be one heater less than 2.4kw.
    And can heat the room to 18C - might use a formula to calculate that.
    Hard to see a tenant's application to the Tenancy Tribunal succeeding in imposing a serious fine (payable to the tenant) if there are for example two fixed heaters that don't meet the exact standard but that heat the space adequately. And that cost a fraction of the acceptable heating types.

    There is a general election in 2020. If there continues to be a shortage of rentals and an ongoing huge increase in state house waiting lists, a new government might decide to pursue only the worst cases. That would be sensible.

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    The clueless socialist march of Labour continues...

    We dont even have extractor fans in our own kitchen or bathroom! (you know, we open a window... duh)

    Spoke to the property manager on Thursday about one of our rentals in Masterton, rent went up last year
    from $285 to $340pw. Is now assessed at $385pw. Told her not to worry about it for the moment.
    But guess what, good one Dhil Twitford, the rent is now going up to market rates.
    I'm sure the tenant will be really happy they voted Labour (probably).

    Cheers,
    Mike


 

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