The Healthy Homes Statement of Compliance deadline has been extended due to COVID-19.
The deadline for landlords to include detailed information in their tenancy agreements about how their property meets/does not meet the Healthy Homes Standards, has now been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 December 2020.
The Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019. The Standards are phasing in new rules which landlords will need to meet in relation to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress, draught stopping and drainage.
The next step of the phase-in was to have landlords provide tenants with a statement of compliance providing information on if and how their rental property complies with the Healthy Homes Standards.
But COVID-19 has constrained landlords’ ability to meet this compliance by 1 July 2020.
“In order to complete a compliance statement, landlords need access to their rental properties and to allow tradespeople to complete inspections to determine the level of compliance. However, restrictions to property access during COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4 have limited landlords’ ability to undertake this activity,” Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi said.
“Further delays are likely during Alert Level 2 due to backlogs caused by the lockdown. That’s why Cabinet has agreed to delay the requirement until 1 December 2020,” Kris Faafoi said.
The extended deadline will not affect any of the dates by which rental properties have to comply with the Healthy Homes Standards. The delayed deadline only refers to the requirement for a detailed statement of current compliance. The remaining deadlines are not being changed.
“Moving the deadline to 1 December 2020 will mean new tenancies beginning over the summer period in December and February can be incorporated into the statement of compliance process.
The Healthy Homes Standards compliance timeline:
1 July 2021 – From this date, private landlords must ensure that their rental properties comply with the healthy home standards within 90 days of any new tenancy.
1 July 2021 – All boarding houses must comply with the healthy home standards.
1 July 2023 – All Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities (state) houses and registered Community Housing Providers houses must comply with the healthy home standards.
1 July 2024 – All rental homes must comply with the healthy home standards.
If you have any questions about your rental property and the Healthy Homes Standards, please contact your Property Manager, or complete the below contact form.
Tenancy Services can provide clarification around tenancy rules and laws. For further information see www.tenancy.govt.nz.