Blog Archive - Rent My Property
Nick Smith (Building and Housing Minister) is set to make minimum standards for rental homes
Luckily for landlords this won’t be a full warrant of fitness suggest earlier by the government
Sources are saying the minimum likely to be:
- Insulation installed in ceiling and underfloor
- Smoke alarms mandatory in renal homes
If you have a tenant with a community services card insulation can be discounted through the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes project
The website says:
“Free ceiling and underfloor insulation for low-income households occupied by people with health needs related to cold, damp housing. Availability will be through regional projects.
Home owners or tenants may be eligible if they have a Community Services Card and the house is occupied by someone under 17 years or over 65 years.
In some regions, such as Nelson, people will be referred to the programme by the health sector if they are at risk from illness linked to cold, damp housing - e.g. a respiratory condition.
Funding is limited in all areas.
Although insulation will be free for eligible homeowners and tenants, landlords of the eligible tenants may be asked to make a contribution.”
Finally smoke alarm companies are selling alarms which feature a never change battery “Worry free” lasting up to 10 years.
We found this brand at Bunnings
Cavius Photelectric Smoke Alarm
Quell Hallway Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with Escape Light
Both of these have 10 year batteries and are under $70.00
Dunedin council rental property standards
The Dunedin council has a Basic standards for rental properties (more of guide)
Before the tenant signs a rental agreement, they use the following guidelines to check that the house is suitable for habitation.
The following is take from the council’s website:
All rooms should be as free as possible from dampness
Each room should have adequate ventilation and artificial lighting
All walls and ceilings should be adequately lined and finished and easily cleaned
Every room should be appropriately floored and kept in a good state of repair, free from crevices, holes and depressions
All fittings and any supplied appliances should be kept in a good state of repair
Electricity and gas supplies must be adequate and safe against fire or injury
Each room should be moisture resistant, from outside or other tenancies.
A fire escape and safeguards against the outbreak of fire should be provided
Smoke detectors should be provided
The kitchen should have:
Space and facilities for the hygienic storage, preparation and cooking of food
A utensil-washing sink with taps connected to an adequate supply of potable water
Living areas and bedrooms
A fireplace and chimney, or an energy source for a heating appliance should be provided
Toilet and bathroom
The toilet should be installed in a manner that allows for privacy and should discharge into a plumbing and drainage system
A bath or shower with an adequate supply of heated water should be provided.
Facilities and space should be available for laundry equipment. If the landlord supplies these appliances they should be adequately maintained
An energy source, hot and cold running water and adequate drainage should be provided
The house should be constructed of sound, durable, weatherproof materials and maintained in good condition
Every house should be provided with adequate and efficient drainage to remove storm water, surface water and ground water
Wherever there is timber floor, there should be adequate space and vents underneath to ensure proper ventilation for the protection of the floor from damp and decay
Condensation and mildew
Condensation and subsequent mildew growth can be caused by construction faults but is more commonly caused by moisture generated within the house, such as from cooking, showering, or failure to ventilate.
The average adult releases 1/2 litre of water per day just by breathing, so it is important to keep all rooms well ventilated.
This information was take from the Dunedin City council website
We will update this page as more information comes to light
If it gets too hard, get it managed!
Nick Powell - Property Manager Specialist - LJ Hooker