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Make the most of your investment.

A few improvements will help ensure your rental property needs less long-term maintenance and attracts long-term tenants who want to look after the place.

An easy to use breakdown of the new healthy homes standards.

To help you to understand what the new requirements are and how you can make sure your property is up to scratch.

In a nutshell


A fixed source of heating that can warm the main living room to 18°C year round.

Heating >


Ceiling and underfloor insulation has already been compulsory since 1 July 2019. You’ll need to make sure your insulation meets the new standard.

Insulation >


Make sure each liveable space has an openable window or door. Kitchens and bathrooms need to have an extractor fan to remove the moisture.

Ventilation >

Moisture and drainage

Guttering and drainage has to be up for the job and any enclosed subfloor spaces need a moisture barrier.

Moisture >

Draught stopping

If you can feel a draught from an unreasonable gap or hole, then it needs to be sealed up.

Draughts >

What do I need to do?

Change doesn’t happen overnight. Here’s a breakdown of what you should be doing by when.

From now:

  • Help! What’s first?
    A good place to start is to know what improvements might be needed for your rental property.
  • Get in to get it done - 24 hour notice
    We get that some work may need to be done - so you can give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to access your rental property, if it’s for the purpose of complying with the healthy homes standards. Discuss any access requirements with your tenants and try find a time that works for you both.
  • Signed, sealed and delivered
    You’ll need to sign a statement that you will comply with the healthy homes standards in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement.
  • Keep your paperwork
    Make sure you keep all relevant documents as evidence of compliance with the healthy homes standards.

From July 2020:

  • Comply, don’t deny
    As well as the statement that you will comply, you’ll need to include specific information about your current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards in any new or renewed tenancy agreement.

From July 2021:

  • New tenancy, new timeline
    Private landlords, keep an eye on the calendar and make sure that from this date your rental property complies within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.
  • Boarding houses
    If your property is a boarding house, then it must comply with the healthy homes standards.

From July 2023:

  • Social housing
    If your property is a Housing New Zealand or registered Community Housing Provider rental, then it must comply with the healthy homes standards.

From July 2024:

  • That’s all folks!
    All rental homes you own must comply with healthy homes standards.

Read the full details on the compliance timeframes