To try and improve the warmth and dryness of rented homes in New Zealand insulation in a rental property will be compulsory from July 2019. Landlords already need to produce insulation statements for rental properties. But the 2019 changes will increase the requirements.
What an insulation statement covers
Currently, any rental agreements signed after July 2016 should include an insulation statement. This tells a tenant:
- whether there is insulation
- where it is – eg in ceilings, floors or walls or in all locations
- what type of insulation it is and the R-value if this is known
- what condition the insulation is in
- if any information is missing, why the information is not provided
Landlords are expected to make reasonable efforts to obtain the relevant information.
From 2019 landlords will need ceiling and underfloor insulation in a rental property
From July 2019 further requirements come into force for insulation in a rental property. This includes compulsory installation of ceiling and underfloor insulation where it is practical.
The insulation must comply with regulations and meet the required R-value standards. Failure to meet these new regulations could also result in a fine.
It will be up to landlords to pay for the insulation, although in some cases a grant to help with the costs may be available.
Checking to see if your rental property insulation is adequate
Landlords who fail to comply with the new regulations risk fines so it is important that you are compliant whether you rent just one property or have an investment property portfolio.
A professional building inspection for landlords can help you see your current levels of insulation in your rental property. The inspection report will tell you where insulation is already placed and where you might need to top up.
The inspection can also check other aspects of heating and ventilation at your property. This will help you ensure you are providing a warm and healthy home for your tenants. If you ask, your inspector can also point out any maintenance issues that may need dealing with. This will help you keep on top of repairs before they become bigger issues.
Getting a building inspection is an expense. However, the money you may save in fines or hefty repair bills from unnoticed issues will be worth it.
To find out more about the new requirements for insulation in a rental property visit the Tenancy Services website insulation page. If you would like to book a building inspection, then call us today.