Why must landlords provide one or more fixed heaters for the main living room to a maintained temperature of at least 18 degrees celsius all year round?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees celsius. Installing a fixed heater that is capable of reaching this temperature lets tenants heat their living space to healthy temperatures.
Why do rental properties now have to have insulation?
Insulation keeps heat from escaping the house. In general, the better insulated a rental home is, the more likely it will retain heat. This in turn helps keep heating costs down, and the home will be drier and have less mould.
Why is ventilation so important in rental properties?
Mould and dampness caused by poor ventilation is harmful to health. It is also harmful to the property. The ventilation standard targets dampness and mould in rental homes.
Why does moisture and drainage have to be included in the Healthy Homes standards?
Damp homes can lead to poor health outcomes for tenants and can be destructive to the quality of a house. Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water. For enclosed subfloors, a ground moisture barrier must be installed if reasonably practicable.