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.

Related documents

News release: Parliament approves Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill

News release: Policy for new regulations

Cabinet paper: Residential Tenancies Regulations – Final insulation and smoke alarm minimum requirements [PDF 250KB]

Regulations consultation, including the discussion document

News release: MBIE to consult on proposed foil insulation ban

Press release: New law and regulations on smoke alarms and insulation

The Residential Tenancies Bill

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Q&As [PDF 122KB]

Cabinet paper: Trial of Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Options with Housing New Zealand (November 2013) [PDF 93KB]

Cabinet Minute: Trial of Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness with Housing New Zealand Corporation (November 2013) [PDF 140KB]

Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Technical Advisory Group Final Report [PDF 73KB]

Cost Benefit Analysis for a Minimum Standard for Rental Housing: Report Prepared for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [PDF 372KB]

Cabinet paper: Insulation, Smoke Alarms and Other Tenancy Improvements (July 2015) [PDF 154KB]

Cabinet Minute: Insulation, Smoke Alarms and Other Tenancy Improvements (July 2015) [PDF 14.6MB]

Trial of Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Scheme with Housing New Zealand [PDF 525KB]

Regulatory impact statement: Residential tenancy abandonment [PDF 60KB]

Regulatory impact statement: Smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties [PDF 156KB]

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.