Keep Your Tenants Warm & Dry! Wise Property Management Can Help You Comply With Insulation Regulations!

As per the new Residential Tenancies Act, all NZ rental properties must be insulated by July 1st, 2019. Granted, that is three years away, but property owners should be taking steps to insulate their properties sooner rather than later. The team at Wise Property Management are more than happy to assist you. We know whether those regulations will apply to your property and if so, who to contact to make the process easier for everyone involved.

ceiling-insulation-pink Significant Requirements for Property Owners

Social housing that receives government subsidies require insulation next month, but for all other rental properties, including boarding houses, property owners have until mid 2019 to ensure that the ceiling and underfloor insulation meets the new regulations. Further, landlords must make a statement in their tenancy agreements concerning the specific details about the insulation established in their rentals. If the current insulation is not up to par, you will need to replace it or install it to meet the new building code regulations. The insulation requirements include the following:

  • All NZ rental properties must have ceiling and underfloor installation that meets or exceeds the 1978 Standard Permitted Combinations for Type A Construction (NZ4218P:1977).
  • Ceiling insulation is required to surround all spaces used for everyday affairs – the only exceptions are when clearance is required around downlights and flues, as well as areas above that can be lived in.
  • All existing ceiling insulation must be in good condition – this means the insulation must be intact, undamaged and dry.
  • Underfloor insulation is required for all suspended floors except for floors that have a livable space beneath them or concrete slab-on-ground floors.
  • Existing underfloor insulation must be in good condition – this means the insulation must be intact, undamaged and dry.
  • After July 1, 2016, any insulation that has been retrofitted or installed in rental properties must abide by the New Zealand Standard Energy Efficiency NZ4246:2006 Installing Insulation.

ceiling-insulation-greenThe Three Exceptions to Insulation Regulations

  1. If the physical lay-out or the way the property was built prevents access to the ceiling or underfloor.
  2. If the property owner is planning on demolishing the property or planning a rebuild within a year of the onset of a tenancy. Please note: The landlord must provide proof that he or she has applied for council or building consents for the proposed refurbishing or building work.
  3. If the property is bought and it is instantly rented back to the previous owner or occupier, then the property owner is given one year from the date of purchase to meet the insulation requirements.

Don’t Wait till the Last Minute!

Here at Wise Property Management, based in South Auckland but covering East Auckland and the greater Auckland area, we like to stay ahead of the game. We have already helped many of our clients get the ball rolling and they are well on their way to meeting all requirements. In fact, they are all breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that come 2019, they won’t be scrambling around trying to get things done at the last minute. Our friendly team of property managers can help you to meet all of the new requirements in the Residential Tenancies Act, so that it is one less thing to worry about.

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