New Zealand landlords must include a Healthy Homes Compliance Statement in all new or renewed tenancy agreements.
The compliance statement outlines what has been done to meet the Healthy Homes Standards and what still needs to be done. We strongly recommend getting this done by a third party to reduce any liability on you as the landlord.
The statement provides comprehensive coverage of all five Healthy Homes standards and any exemptions. The inclusion of the compliance statement strives to ensure landlords meet their obligations under the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019.
When do I need the Healthy Homes Compliance Statement?
New or renewed tenancy agreements signed on or after 1st December 2020 require a Healthy Homes Compliance Statement. Any new or renewed tenancies after 1st July 2021 must have full compliance within 90 days of their tenancy commencement date.
However, periodic tenancies in place prior to 1st July 2021, have until 1st July 2024 to be fully compliant with the Healthy Homes Standard. It is best practice for landlords to become compliant as soon as possible.
What will happen if I fail to meet the standards?
Failure to comply with one or more of the healthy homes standards could result in a $7,200 fine per section of the Healthy Homes Standard – there are five sections to the standard. Landlords must be aware of the compliance timeframes for their property to avoid unnecessary penalties.
What will happen if I do not provide a compliance statement?
If a landlord does not include a Compliance Statement when required, they could face a penalty of up to $4000 for one tenancy. This may also result in an infringement offence.
There is a further $900 fine for any landlord who provides false or misleading information on the compliance statement.
How we can help
Let us take away your compliance hassle. Sign your investment up with 360 Property Management today and we’ll guide you through the process to meet the legislative deadlines – putting your investment on the front foot! For more information, please get in touch with our team here.