July has been a feverish month for monitoring compliance and legislative changes across our Industry.
Housing Minister Nick Smith announced the new standard for methamphetamine contamination, sampling and testing. Saying, “the new standard was a "huge step forward" in helping homeowners and tenants deal with the risks of meth contamination”. The most significant change is the new 1.5μg/100cm2 limit, compared with 0.5μg/100cm2 under the old guidelines. And anyone of Goodwin's property managers will be happy to provide further detail in this regards.
This new standard will be used by methamphetamine testing and clean-up/decontamination companies; laboratories that analyze samples taken from methamphetamine-contaminated properties; health, safety, and environmental regulators; property owners, managers, and insurers.
Access to this standard has been funded by agencies that have an interest in making the standard freely accessible.
The standard can be downloaded at no cost on the Standards New Zealand website. Baseline testing at tenancy start date is now the Tenancy Tribunal’s ‘best-practice’ recommendation, and your property manager will be happy to provide further detail in this regards.
We have also been watching closely as minimum standards for insulation and heating are debated. On the 27th of July, Miriam Bell of landlords.co.nz commented, “Labour Party leader Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill scraped through the vote with 60 votes to 59 to continue its progress towards becoming law.
However, with Parliament due to be dissolved by August 22 and just one more members’ day set down before then, the Bill is unlikely to progress any further before September’s election”.
We will ensure to monitor developments closely on behalf of our Clients.
In the meantime, we encourage all landlords to get-ahead of minimum Insulation Requirements that will take effect on 1 July 2019. To which end, Tenancy Services have produced this very useful online summary: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Insulation-requirements.pdf Again, we invite your contact with any member of our team if you would like further detail and/or quoting of the minimum requirements for your rental property.
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