MBIE investigators concerned at insulation statement non-compliance

By Anonymous
October 21, 2016

Scoop.co.nz has reported (21/10/2016) on insulation non-compliance in Dunedin student flats.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) new tenancy investigators say they are disappointed with the level of non-compliance in Dunedin.

Paul Coggan, manager of MBIE, says that the team is cracking down on poor landlord behaviour across New Zealand.  They will visit towns and cities across the country to raise awareness of the rights and responisibities of both landlords and tenants especially in regard to recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

Mr Coggan said that there was a high level of landlord non-compliance in Dunedin in the area of current insulation statements now required on tenancy agreements.

Landlords are required to make a statement about the type, location and condition of current home insulation, if any, on any tenancy agreement made since 1 July 2016. 

The team assessed six student flats and spoke with a number of property managers, advocates and interested parties. 

A template of a current home insulation statement appears on the Residential Tenancy Agreement form at www.tenancy.govt.nz/insulation.  

Insulation will be compulsory in all rentals from 1 July 2019.