Insulation is now compulsory in all rental homes.

Since 1 July 2019, ceiling and underfloor insulation is compulsory in all rental homes where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.

The healthy homes standards include new requirements for insulation, which will take effect from 1 July 2021 for some rental properties, with all rental properties to comply by 1 July 2024.

Find out about the current insulation requirements.

Find out about the healthy homes insulation standard.

Landlords must also include a separately signed insulation statement in all new tenancy agreements. This has been a requirement since 1 July 2016.

More information on insulation statements

If tenants think their rental property doesn’t meet the insulation requirements, they should talk to their landlord first. If they can’t resolve the issue themselves, there are several options available, including mediation.

Visit Breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act to find out what to do next.


Since 1 July 2019, ceiling and underfloor insulation is compulsory in all rental homes, where it is reasonably practicable to install.


Due to the design or construction of some properties, it may not be reasonably practicable to insulate.


Make sure you know the law and safety rules when working with insulation. If you’re not sure about managing the risks, hire a professional.


Use this tool to find out whether you need to upgrade the insulation in your rental property to meet the healthy homes standards.

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