Healthy Homes Legislation – From the 1st December 2020
This states that ALL landlords must include a statement of their current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement.
In-time, the Healthy Homes Standards shall require all rental properties in New Zealand to comply with specific regulations regarding heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and, draught stopping.
s45 of the Residential Tenancies Act now reads as follows:
The landlord shall –
(a) Provide the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness; and
(b) Provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair having regard to the age and character of the premises and the period during which the premises are likely to remain habitable and available for residential purposes; and
(ba) comply with all requirements in respect of smoke alarms imposed on the landlord by regulations made under section 138A; and
(bb) comply with the healthy homes standards; and
(c) comply with all requirements in respect of buildings, health, and safety under any enactment so far as they apply to the premises …
Failure by a landlord to comply is declared to be an unlawful act, and liable for an order of exemplary damages of up to $4,000. This is likely to increase as reforms around exemplary damages are also likely to be passed this year.
Goodwins appointment to complete assessments – Rental Rental WOF
Following more than a year of research, during which we closely considered managing assessment in-house; we also scrutinised countless submissions; and, our General Manager personally interviewed many of the both established, alongside a selection of newly formed inspection companies.
Goodwins decision has been made to exclusively appoint NZ Rental WOF Limited to inspect every property we manage.
A full link to NZ Rental WOF’s website is as follows: https://nzrentalwof.co.nz/about
NZ Rental WOF founder, Sonia Thom, is setting the standard for all landlords to aspire to and we sincerely believe will give property managers and landlords a market advantage for prospective tenants to use when selecting a home, in the future.
NZ Rental WOF offers a common-sense approach to auditing rental properties and is based on a criterion that has considered results of all Government and Regional National Trials, to one that is practical and achievable. The Report walks through every room in the house and addresses not only all areas of the Healthy Homes Standards, but more.
Every statement shall be supported by photographic evidence to demonstrate compliance. This is critical given the Tenancy and Compliance Investigation Team’s power to seek proof of compliance.
NZ Rental WOF not only assesses the current 5-point tick-check on heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and, draught stopping; but, will also future-proof further questions of energy efficiency, and to confirm full compliance of your property/s to all current Health and Safety obligations.
NZ Rental WOF issue both a STAR and HIVES Ratings, which both outline opportunities to further showcase your property when next selecting tenants.
Supported by NZ Rental WOF, our confidence is further enhanced to guide all clients of Goodwins calmly through the myriad of changes currently challenging our industry.
Costs & Timings
We are very pleased to have secured Goodwins’ clients a negotiated fee per property of only $320 plus GST (with a reduced fee if multiple properties are on one site). Closely reviewing all fees, we were presented; this is exceptional value.
All inspections will be completed by a licensed builder and/or suitably qualified professional, and we have the assurance that every property under management with Goodwins will have a compliance statement filed ready for the first notification deadline of 1 December this year. You will receive a full copy of the report.
We are confident that this appointment will not only provide an advantage to our clients now, as required works are assessed; but, moving forward will deliver a genuine marketing-advantage when properties become vacant for re-advertising.
In-turn, your property will both attract and retain a higher quality of long-term tenant, you can expect reduced repair and maintenance expenditure, and, in-time stronger rental returns.
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