The deadline for landlords providing a compliance statement for the healthy homes standards has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 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.
The healthy homes standards became law on 1 July 2019. The standards require landlords to meet new rules in relation to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and draught stopping.
The deadline was extended in response to COVID-19, which impacted landlords’ ability to access their properties and allow tradespeople to carry out inspections required to 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.
The compliance timeline for the healthy homes standards remains the same:
- 1 July 2021 – private landlords must ensure that their rental properties comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new tenancy.
- 1 July 2021 – all boarding houses must comply with the healthy homes standards.
- 1 July 2023 – all Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing New Zealand) houses and registered Community Housing Provider houses must comply with the healthy homes standards.
- 1 July 2024 – all rental homes must comply with the healthy home standards.
The template for landlords to use for their healthy homes standards compliance statement is available on this website. [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Tenancy Services will continue to produce information and tools to assist landlords to comply with the healthy homes standards.
The free downloadable residential tenancy agreement template and boarding house agreement templates will also be updated and published before 1 December 2020.
For more information:
- read the Minister’s announcement(external link)
- visit the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s website(external link)
- read the Q&As on the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website(external link) (PDF, 153KB)
- visit the healthy homes standards website – Raise the Standard(external link)