Landlords to Install Ceiling and Floor Insulation by 1 July 2019
If you are the landlord of a residential property you have until 1 July 2019 to ensure your rental property meets the residential tenancy insulation requirements under the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has advised that there will be no extensions to this date.
Landlords who do not comply with insulation requirements by 1 July 2019 may be liable for exemplary damages of up to $4,000.00 for each property that does not comply with the requirements. Landlords who still do not comply after paying the penalty could face further action from the Tenancy Tribunal which may include an order to pay further damages to the tenant and/or an order to carry out works to the rental property to meet the insulation requirements.
You can find further information on insulation requirements at https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/insulationdeadline/
If you are concerned about meeting tenancy insulation requirements, please contact us for advice.
About Young Yoon
Young joined Saunders Robinson Brown in 2018. She is a member of our Commercial Team.
Young graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 with a Bachelor or Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) and was admitted in November 2016 as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.