Landlords not signing up for home insulation scheme
By Anonymous on April 07, 2015 has reported (14/04/2015) on NZ landlords reluctance to take up a generous taxpayer subsidy for retrofitting insulation and heating.

Poto Williams, Labour's Associate Housing spokesperson, said that it is time to legislate minimum standards. He says that research shows that for every dollar invested in retrofitting home insulation and heating, $5 is saved in public health spending.

Mr Williams says that many landlords are not taking up the Government insulation schemes because they do not want to overcapitalise on cheap houses.  EECA reports show that less than 14 per cent of properties benefiting from home insulation subsidies are rental properties yet over 50 per cent of uninsulated properties are rentals.

He would like to see every child in New Zealand grow up in a dry and warm home without being at risk of health problems like rheumatic fever which can be caused by damp, cold homes.

"Labour will ensure that all rental properties are brought up to standard and landlords will have to install insulation and an efficient heating source," says Poto Williams.