Residential Tenancy Act Insulation Requirements For Landlords
The residential tenancy act changed on the 1st of July 2016 and landlords are responsible for ensuring that the insulation installed in their properties meets the new Residential Tenancy Act insulation requirements for landlords. This document outlays your responsibilities as a landlord. It is important that you comply with the new regulations, as failure to provide adequate insulation is an unlawful act, and you may be liable for a fine of up to $4,000.
The immediate effects of the changes mean you’ll need to declare the extent of insulation in your rental property on new tenancy agreements. As of the 1st of July 2019, the new laws require all rental properties* to have underfloor insulation and ceiling insulation.
*Some exceptions may apply in situations where it is not possible to retrofit installation due to house design or construction. For more information visit www.mbie.govt.nz
As a landlord you are permitted to install insulation yourself. However, if you install the insulation incorrectly you can face insurance and liability consequences for faulty or negligent installation. Canterbury Insulation recommends the use of an approved installer, who can guarantee the performance of your installation.
Insulation Requirements For Landlords – Minimum Standards
If your insulation doesn’t meet the minimum standards outlaid below, new insulation will have to be installed to the current NZS4246 insulation standards. To ensure the longevity of your rentals insulation, it is recommended that you top up your insulation to the NZS4246 standards regardless of current state.
Canterbury Insulation can help take all the hard work out of this process with a range of insulation products and the highest quality workmanship available, Canterbury Insulation is your best choice to get the job right the first time. We understand that things can get a little bit confusing and are happy to discuss with you the insulation requirements for landlords under the new residential tenancy act to help you better understand your obligations as a landlord.
Every installation we do involves testing the installation with our thermal imaging camera, and we can provide to the landlord a certificate of compliance for the insulation, including what type of insulation is in the walls, ceilings and floors of your home as required in the RTA.
Is My Insulation Up To Standard?
If you are unaware of the type, condition and extent of your insulation you will need to inspect it. Safety first: Before inspecting your insulation make sure the area is safe; chances are your existing insulation is made from fibreglass or rock mineral wool which may contain phenol formaldehyde. The New Zealand Department of Labour classes phenol formaldehyde as a carcinogen or cancer causing agent, so make sure you wear safety gear or take the steps to change to a non-toxic insulation product.
If you’re not confident about checking your insulation a Canterbury Insulation representative will be happy to come and check the quality of insulation and let you know what steps need to be taken next to make sure your insulation is up to scratch and provide you with a non-obligation quote if any repairs are needed.