Landlords in the North slow to insulate properties
By Anonymous on May 06, 2015 has reported (06/05/2015) that Northland landlords are slow on the uptake of the Government offer of cheap or free home insulation.

Nearly 1200 owner-occupied properties in the Far North and Whangarei have been insulated since the scheme started, compared with fewer than 600 rental properties.

The figures obtained by the Northern Advocate, confirm Green Party fears that the publicly subsidised scheme will fail those who need it most.

Mel Peters, Healthy Homes spokesperson, agreed that the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes initiative should set a goal to see home insulation provided to more rental properties.

Ms Peters says, "We can't forget there are more and more people renting these days and we need to encourage landlords to insulate."

Since the scheme kicked off in September 2013 only a third of the 36,000 NZ homes retrofitted with insulation were rentals.

It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of properties needing home insulation are rentals.

Under the scheme, tenants or homeowners are eligible for reduced cost or free insulation if the house is occupied by someone over 65 or less than 17 years and they have a Community Services Card.

Metiria Turei, Greens Party co-leader, said that the party predicted the scheme would fail renters and this has been proven true.

She would like to see a Warrant of Fitness scheme that sets a minimum standard for housing and would hold landlords to account.