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Can a landlord rent out a house not healthy homes compliant?

9 November 2022

The short answer is 'yes'.

From 1 July 2024, all rental homes must comply with the healthy homes standards.

Currently, all private landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy. So you have 90 days after the start of a tenancy to comply, but you need to make sure you can meet that deadline. Tenants are very well informed now that they can take you to the tribunal for not compliance.

It's worth mentioning that some companies like Trade Me will only allow you to advertise your property if it meets the standards.

Ceiling and underfloor insulation have been compulsory in all rental homes since 1 July 2019. So your property has to meet insulation standards straight away. The healthy homes insulation standard builds on the existing insulation requirements, and some top-up may be required.

For more information on HHS compliance, please visit the Tenancy Services site.

The information contained in this article is exclusively for promotional purposes. It does not in any way constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as the basis for any legal action or contractual dealings. The information is not, and does not attempt to be, a comprehensive account of the relevant law in New Zealand. If you require legal advice you should seek independent legal counsel. does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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