Housing standards improving thanks to Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
By Anonymous on February 17, 2016 has reported (17/02/2016) on a government policy that will provide safer and warmer homes in NZ.

The Building and Housing Minister, MP Nick Smith, introduced the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill to Parliament last year which required home insulation and smoke alarms in all rental properties and the increased enforcement of housing standards.

The Bill recognises the strong link between health and wellbeing of families and the quality of housing.

Home insulation requirements will apply to social housing from 1 July 2016 and other tenancies from 1 July 2019. 

To date the Government has spent around $500 million providing home insulation to all state homes where practical and the insulation of 288,000 privately owned homes. This initiative will ensure that another 180,000 homes are insulated.

From 1 July, 2016 all landlords will be required to disclose the extent of insulation in their tenancy agreements.

The bill also includes measures to strengthen tenant protections around evictions after making a complaint to the Tenancy Tribunal.

Mr Smith says that a information campaign will also run to improve landlord and tenant knowledge of mould and damp prevention.