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Q&A: The Residential Tenancies Regulations

Residential Tenancies Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms

Changes to tenancy laws aim to make homes warmer, drier and safer for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders without imposing excessive bureaucracy or cost.

The changes have now been approved by Parliament and take effect on 1 July 2016. They create new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all residential tenancies.

The changes require that from 1 July 2016:

  • all rental properties have smoke alarms
  • all new tenancy agreements include a statement of the extent and safety of insulation in the property
  • any replacement or installation of insulation in a rental property meets the required standard
  • the installation of electrically conductive insulation products (such as reflective foil products) will be banned by the regulations
  • all social houses where the tenant pays an Income Related Rent has underfloor and ceiling insulation meeting the required standard where it can be practically installed. 

 From 1 July 2019

  • all rental properties have underfloor and ceiling insulation meeting the required standard where it can practically be installed. 

If you rent privately, live in social housing, are a private rental or social housing landlord, these changes are likely to affect you.

Read more at The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment