Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019

Reprint as at 11 February 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019

(LI 2019/88)

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 13th day of May 2019

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

These regulations are made under section 138B of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.


4Meaning of not reasonably practicable to install
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Healthy homes standards
8Main living room must have qualifying heaters
9Qualifying heaters
10Required heating capacity
11Exemption for certified passive buildings
12Exemption from heating standard if not reasonably practicable to install
13Ceiling insulation
14Qualifying ceiling insulation
15Underfloor insulation for suspended floors
16Qualifying underfloor insulation
17Determining R-value of insulation
18Determining whether insulation is in reasonable condition
19Exemption from insulation standards if not reasonably practicable to install
20Partial exemption for certain thermal underfloor insulation
21Openable windows or external doors
22Exemption for rooms lawfully built without qualifying windows or doors
23Extractor fans for kitchens and bathrooms
24Exemption from extractor fan standards if not reasonably practicable to install
25Open fireplaces to be blocked
26Gaps and holes that allow draughts
27Tenancy building to have efficient drainage system
28Suspended floors to have ground moisture barrier
29Exemption from ground moisture barrier standard if not reasonably practicable to install
30Exemption for 12 months if tenant is former owner
31Exemption if premises due to be demolished or substantially rebuilt
32Modified standard if landlord not owner of whole of tenancy building
33Information to be included in tenancy agreement
34Information about heating standard
35Information about insulation standards
36Information about ventilation standards
37Information about draught stopping standards
38Information about moisture ingress and drainage standards
39Information if relying on general exemptions
40Documents to be retained by landlord
41Amendments to Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016
42New subpart 1AA of Part 2 inserted
10APart 2 ceases to apply when healthy homes standards apply
43Regulation 21 amended (Tenant is former owner of premises)
44New subpart 4 of Part 2 inserted
30Effective date
31Regulation 1 amended (Title)
32Regulation 3 amended (Interpretation)
33Part 2 revoked
34Schedule 1 amended
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