Insulate yourself against 2019. All rental homes must be insulated by July 2019.

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A warmer home is healthier for tenants. Insulation statements are now compulsory on all new tenancy agreements, so that tenants know what to expect when they are moving into their new home.  This is something that Westerman Property Solution’s will cover off when inducting new tenants into a rental property.

Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019 where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.

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.

The installation or repair of electrically-conductive insulation, known as foil insulation, is banned in all residences including rental homes. Anyone who breaches the ban commits an offence and may be liable to a penalty of up to $200,000.

For all the details you need, you can visit the site here.

If you’re not alarmed, you should be. Smoke alarms are now compulsory in all rental homes.

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Since the new regulations which came into force on 1 July 2016, Landlords must have the right type of smoke alarms installed in the right places.

All new or replacement smoke alarms must be long-life photoelectric smoke alarms with a battery life of at least eight years that meet the required product standards, or a hard-wired smoke alarm system.

A landlord who fails to comply with smoke alarm obligations is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000, while a tenant who fails to comply with their responsibilities may be liable for a penalty of up to $3,000.

For all the information you need on what is required in your property, you can visit the site here.

Ministry overhauls meth guidelines to curb “paranoia” in the real estate market

The standard for methamphetamine contamination levels that prompt a house clean-up should be four times as high in many cases, a government-funded report says.

The Ministry of Health has released its new recommendations for meth contamination clean-up and says the current standard is too high much of the time.

Since 2010, ministry guidelines have said a contamination reading of 0.5 micrograms per 100 square centimetres or higher meant a home needed to be decontaminated.

That standard has prompted a proliferation of private decontamination businesses and what some have called “paranoia” in the real estate market.

The new recommendations – developed by ESR – say that level should only apply homes that have been used as P labs – not ones where meth was only smoked.

It says the threshold should be four times higher – or 2.0 ug/100cm2 – at houses where P has been smoked but not made, as long as the carpets have been changed

At homes where the carpet hasn’t been removed, it should still be three times higher – at1.5ug/100cm2 – because of increased risk to kids who spend time on the floor.

Acting director of public health, Stewart Jessamine, said the ministry believed homes below those levels were safe to occupy.

“People living in a house where previous occupants had only smoked methamphetamine means potential exposure to low concentrations of the drug on surfaces with a much reduced risk of toxicity.”

The recommendations are similar to Californian standards, which are being adopted by other states.

The Ministry of Health says the proposed changes will be on its website and the recommendations can be used as a guide until official new standards are developed by Standards New Zealand next year.

(Source: newshub.co.nz)

‘Bad’ tenants let off the hook for damage after court ruling

Bad tenants are being unfairly let off the hook for property damage after a court decision, landlords say.

The Court of Appeal ruled last week that tenants who caused a fire by leaving oil unattended on a stove in 2009 could not be held financially liable.

The Residential Tenancies Act states tenants can be made to pay for damage caused by neglect or carelessness. The Property Law Act says they are not liable for damage from “perils” beyond their control such as fire, storm, earthquake or volcanic eruption.