The landlord must disclose whether there is insulation in the rental home, where it is, and what type and condition – so the tenant can make an informed decision. Good quality insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and out during summer.
A landlord who does not make a complete insulation statement or includes anything they know to be false or misleading is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $500.
Insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019
Goodwin Realty Ltd are facilitating a programme to ensure all rental homes are insulated to government standard by the 1 July 2019.
A contractor has been engaged to inspect properties and report on the type and condition of existing insulation, to enable the correct completion of the rental insulation statement.
It is expected that all properties managed by Good Realty will have been inspected by
August of 2017.
The contractor will also quote for the insulation of properties that do not have insulation, or insulation that does not meet government standards.
Quotes will be forwarded to owners by their property manager for approval and subsequent installation. Early approvals of insulation are recommended to ensure owners do not face the inevitable backlog of work that will eventuate closer to the 1 July 2019 deadline.
A similar backlog was evident with the recent installation of smoke alarms and many Auckland rental homes were not serviced within the required time frame, placing owners in jeopardy of prosecution under the new regulations.
If you can assist us with the information required to properly complete the insulation statement for tenancy agreements, please contact your property manager.
Homes built within the last 1-10 years are likely to have adequate insulation but will still require
the correct information for the insulation statement.
If you have any queries on this programme, please contact your property manager.