Residential Tenancies Regulations for insulation and smoke alarms
Changes to tenancy laws aim to make homes warmer, drier and safer for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders without imposing excessive bureaucracy or cost.
The changes have now been approved by Parliament and came into force on 1 July 2016. You can find full details of the new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all residential tenancies on the Tenancy Services website.
If you rent privately, live in social housing, are a private rental or social housing landlord, these changes are likely to affect you.
This site contains the key documents providing information on the policy approval process. Please be aware that the initial proposals were changed (due to feedback MBIE received from the public consultation). The Tenancy Services website has the new requirements.
Use of foil to insulate properties has been banned
The installation and/or repair of foil insulation in residential properties is banned.
A ban on installing and/or repairing foil insulation in residential buildings with existing electrical installations has been declared under the Building Act 2004. It is an offence under the Building Act to breach this ban and anyone who breaches the ban may be liable to a fine of up to $200,000.
Further information about the ban is available on the Building Performance website.