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NZ landlords have received a five-month extension to meet this year's Healthy Homes requirements.

The Healthy Homes legislation has become law on the 1st July 2019 and set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture, drainage and draught-stopping.

By 1st July this year landlords were meant to include detailed information in their new or renewed tenancy agreements about how their property meets the standards, so all parties were aware of the standards before compliance was required from 1st July 2021. But that deadline for the compliance statement has been extended to 1st December 2020.

The compliance statement is an addition to tenancy agreements that provides detailed information about how a property meets the healthy homes standards. It helps tenants to see how their landlord is working towards being compliant.

Restrictions to property access during Covid-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4 limited landlords' ability to complete inspections to determine the level of compliance. The backlog caused by the lockdown expected to cause further delays for qualified tradespeople to carry out checks and complete the compliance statement.

The extended deadline will not affect any of the dates by which rental properties have to comply with the healthy homes standards.

The delayed deadline refers only to the inclusion of a detailed statement of current compliance. The remaining deadlines are not being changed.

myRent's templates already include the latest version of the healthy home standards compliance statement.

Learn more about Healthy Homes Standards and how they affect you

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. myRent.co.nz does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.


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