Get smoke alarms and insulation sorted

Law changes that will require insulation and alarms in rental properties have passed their first hurdle..

  • 23 December, 2015
  • insulation, smoke alarms, Landlords, Tenants

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament unopposed in December – and consultation on the associated regulations are now underway.

First announced back in July, the Bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 to require that smoke alarms and insulation are installed in residential rental properties.

Insulation will now be required in social housing from July 1 next year and in other rental properties from July 1, 2019 - although there are exemptions where it is not practical to install insulation.

However, from next July, all landlords will need to disclose how much insulation they have in their rental property in tenancy agreements.

Smoke alarms will need to be installed in all residential rental homes by next July.

LJ Hooker NZ

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