Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019

Version as at 12 May 2022

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019

(LI 2019/88)

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 13th day of May 2019

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

These regulations are made under section 138B of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.


4Meaning of not reasonably practicable to install
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Healthy homes standards
8Main living room must have qualifying heaters
9Qualifying heaters
10Required heating capacity
10AAlternative compliance pathway for heating standard
10BGeothermal heating system satisfying heating standard
11Exemption for certified passive buildings
12Exemption from heating standard if not reasonably practicable to install
13Ceiling insulation
14Qualifying ceiling insulation
15Underfloor insulation for suspended floors
16Qualifying underfloor insulation
17Determining R-value of insulation
18Determining whether insulation is in reasonable condition
19Exemption from insulation standards if not reasonably practicable to install
20Partial exemption for certain thermal underfloor insulation
21Openable windows or external doors
22Exemption for rooms lawfully built without qualifying windows or doors
23Mechanical ventilation standard for kitchens and bathrooms
24Exemption from mechanical ventilation standard if extractor fan not reasonably practicable to install
25Open fireplaces to be blocked
26Gaps and holes that allow draughts
27Tenancy building to have efficient drainage system
28Suspended floors to have ground moisture barrier
29Exemption from ground moisture barrier standard if not reasonably practicable to install
30Exemption for 12 months if tenant is former owner
31Exemption if premises due to be demolished or substantially rebuilt
32Modified standard if landlord not owner of whole of tenancy building
33Information to be included in tenancy agreement
34Information about heating standard
35Information about insulation standards
36Information about ventilation standards
37Information about draught stopping standards
38Information about moisture ingress and drainage standards
39Information if relying on general exemptions
40Documents to be retained by landlord
41Amendments to Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016
42New subpart 1AA of Part 2 inserted
10APart 2 ceases to apply when healthy homes standards apply
43Regulation 21 amended (Tenant is former owner of premises)
44New subpart 4 of Part 2 inserted
30Effective date
31Regulation 1 amended (Title)
32Regulation 3 amended (Interpretation)
33Part 2 revoked
34Schedule 1 amended
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