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What is the difference between a HHS certificate and a HHS compliance statement?

9 November 2022

To be clear, a Healthy Homes Standards certificate is not the same as a Healthy Homes Standards compliance statement.

A Healthy Homes Standards Certificate is a document supplied by a professional accessor that tells you which standards the property has met and which, if any, are non-compliant. You do not have to obtain a HHS compliance certificate to meet the Standards, nor are you required to share it with your tenants. This compliance certificate is not a replacement to the HHS compliance statement.

A Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Statement is a compulsory document that landlords must fill out as part of their tenancy agreement. This is a mandatory requirement under Healthy Homes Standards.

Find HHS Compliance Statement template here

From 1 December 2020, landlords must include a signed healthy homes standards compliance statement in most new or renewed tenancy agreements.

Generally speaking, a HHS compliance statement typically goes beyond the summary of the HHS certificate and also requires the landlord's signature. The information on the HHS compliance certificate should assist you with completing the HHS compliance statement.

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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