Gaps and Holes
Under the standard, rental properties must be free from gaps and holes. No maximum gap has been set. But generally, any unreasonable gaps bigger than the edge of a NZ $2 coin need to be fixed.
Landlords cannot use the age of the house as an excuse not to address the draught. Any issues need to be addressed permanently and temporarily remedied.
Unused open fireplaces
Open fireplaces must be closed off, or its chimney must be blocked in a way that prevents draughts.
If the tenant and landlord agree, an open fireplace can be used at the rental premises (as long as it's in good working order and free from gaps and holes). There needs to be a written statement signed by both tenants and landlords to confirm that the fireplace was not blocked off as per the tenant's request.
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