New standards proposed for rental homes

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There are proposals to change the Residential Tenancies Act to improve rental standards and tenancy services.

The proposed changes are:

  • a new requirement for smoke alarms in all residential rental properties from 1 July 2016
  • new requirements for ceiling and underfloor insulation in residential rental properties (with specific exemptions), by 1 July 2016 for Housing New Zealand and Community Housing Provider tenancies where tenants pay an income-related rent, and by 1 July 2019 for all remaining tenancies
  • strengthened 'retaliatory notice' provisions, to increase tenants’ confidence in exercising their rights, together with strengthened enforcement provisions for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to act in the most serious cases
  • changes to enable faster resolution of tenancy abandonment cases, to allow rental properties to be re-let more quickly.

A Bill to introduce changes to the Residential Tenancies Act will be introduced to Parliament later in 2015.

Our standard NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses sets out the requirements for the installation and commissioning of externally-powered interconnected smoke alarms. It also provides information on the selection, installation, and maintenance of smoke alarms. Additional guidance has been provided for the selection of smoke alarms, and their location to avoid nuisance activations.

Our standard NZS 4246:2006 Energy efficiency - Installing insulation in residential buildings is currently being revised and will be published later this year.

Buy NZS 4514:2009

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