New regulations have come into effect regarding smoke alarms and insulation which will impact on all rental properties throughout New Zealand. As at 1 July 2016, it is compulsory to provide insulation statements on all new tenancy agreements signed. This is to comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 where all landlords must declare the extent of insulation in their rental properties including where it is, the type of insulation and what condition it is in. Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019 where it is reasonably practicable to install. Wall insulation is not compulsory. A landlord who fails to comply with the regulations is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000.
An insulation statement must include:
+ Whether or not there is insulation
+ Where it is – the extent and location in ceilings, floors or walls and in rooms or parts of rooms
+ What type of insulation product it is and, if known, its level of thermal resistance or R-value
+ What condition the insulation is in – for instance whether there is any damage or dampness and whether any is not secured
If the landlord cannot get information about insulation in a particular location, the insulation statement must instead:
+ Outline what information is missing about that location
+ Outline why the landlord could not get that information
+ Confirm that the landlord has made all reasonable efforts to get that information.
TelferYoung (Taranaki) Limited can produce an Insulation Report that covers all of the above requirements in order to accurately complete an insulation statement and where necessary, provide recommendations of what upgrading is required to meet the insulation regulations.
For more information regarding the changes, what is required and the exemptions, please visit the following link: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/maintenance-and-inspections/insulation/