Insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019 (unless your property is exempt according to the regulations).
Ceiling and underfloor insulation must be installed, where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed. Wall insulation is not compulsory.
Any new, replacement or top-up insulation installed after 1 July 2016 in a rental home must meet the regulations that will apply to all rental homes from 1 July 2019.
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.
Landlords can install insulation themselves. However if you are not certain you can meet all the regulations including safety rules, you are strongly advised to contact a qualified professional insulation installer. There can be serious safety risks to both landlord and tenant if it is not done properly.
If you have received quotes from us on your behalf, we strongly urge you to instruct your Property Manager to proceed with the work to avoid being caught up in an under-supply of contractors and be non-compliant on 1 July 2019. As time marches on, costs will probably increase.
Did you know 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.
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Ref (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Zealand).