New bill to ensure rental properties have proper insulation and heating
By Anonymous on November 13, 2013 (24/10/13) has reported on the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill drawn from the Parliamentary ballot on 23 October 2013. The bill aims to legislate a minimum standard of insulation and heating in every rental home in New Zealand. All landlords will be required to meet new standards once amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 have been made.

Author of the bill Labour MP Phil Twyford said: “...improving the quality of the housing stock is probably the single most important public health reform we could make.”

The Labour MP stated that it is time to set minimum standards of heating and insulation. Indicating that most poor people live in private rental accommodation, he went on to say: "too many of our children suffer respiratory diseases because of damp cold homes." 

"Most poor people live in private rental accommodation and while there has been a generous government subsidy scheme in place for several years there is no financial incentive for landlords to take up the subsidy and few have. It is time now to set minimum standards. 

"Every party in the house has talked up wanting to improve home insulation as a way of improving public health outcomes."

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