Healthy Rental Certification under the Residential Tenancies Act

Welcome! If you are a landlord or property manager and you’re looking for a straight forward, cost effective way of ensuring compliance with the new requirements under the Residential Tenancies Act, you’ve come to the right place. 

This certification provides value two ways:

  1. Gives you all the information you need to comply with the Rental Tenancies Act with regards to insulation and smoke alarms, including identifying where a house is exempt from these new rules.
  2. Recommends key improvements that can future proof your property regarding protecting the investment and responding to increased standards through future changes in the RTA.

The Healthy Rental Certification is run through the Community Energy Network. The primary goal of CEN is to work with everyone to ensure we have efficient and effective housing. 

Our members have industry trained and highly experienced assessors spread throughout most of New Zealand. These experts can:

  • Quickly and easily check your rental property and either issue a certificate of compliance straight away or give you the information you need to fix any issues. 
  • Give you advice regarding any subsidies available to you that will make the fix cheaper.
  • Talk to your tenants to ensure they understand how the house works so they can keep it is as dry and warm as possible, which means they stay healthy and your investment is protected. 

Latest News

Landlords aren't insulating rental properties fast enough, insulation industry says

The insulation industry says landlords aren't insulating rental properties fast enough and tens of thousands of properties could fail new standards with a deadline now less than two years away.

The Insulation Association of New Zealand, which claims it represents more than 90 per cent of the industry, says a survey of members has returned "alarming" results.

The government had estimated 180,000 properties would need new insulation to comply with a July 1, 2019 deadline to make rental homes warm, dry and safe. Landlords not complying face a fine of up to $4000. But limited landlord demand meant only 10,000 had been done, says association president Stu Henwood.

"This leaves a mountain of about 170,000 uninsulated rental houses to be insulated in less than two years," he said.

At its peak, the insulation industry was insulating up to 60,000 houses a year. "So there's a serious risk many landlords will miss out and risk penalties when the deadline for the new tenancy regulations kicks in," Henwood said.

Another problem was ceiling and underfloor insulation being installed properly to meet safety and efficiency rules.

Association members assessed more than 36,000 rental properties and almost 60 per cent didn't comply with the new Residential Tenancy Act guidelines, Henwood said. "There is going to be a huge backlog of work needing professional assessment and subsequent installation."

Source: NZHerald, 5 October 2017.