Housing quality

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No 2) has passed into law, amending the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 so that rental housing will have to meet minimum standards relating to heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress, draught-stopping and drainage.

These standards will ensure every rental home is warm and dry, while allowing enough flexibility for practical implementation. Passing the Bill was a key action for the Government’s first 100 days.

The Bill was introduced as a Members Bill on 15 October 2015. It was adopted as a Government Bill and amended towards the end of the Parliamentary process and passed its Third Reading on 30 November 2017.

MBIE will consult publicly on the development of the healthy homes standards and timeframes for landlords’ compliance in 2018. More information about the consultation will be available here in early 2018.