Healthy Homes Act

Here we explain the process we've been through regarding the new Standards for Rental Properties - Healthy Home Standards.

Undoubtedly the hot topic in the property market recently is the new legislation under the Healthy Homes Act.

The healthy homes standards aim to make a significant change to the quality of New Zealand rental homes. The standards cover improvements to heating, insulation, and ventilation.

In late 2018 we put a submission to MBIE (Ministry of Business, Industry & Employment) who were working on the Proposed Standards for Rental Properties – Healthy Home Standards.

Every person in New Zealand deserves a warm, safe, dry place to call home. And while we can’t solve all those issues with a silver bullet – we can most certainly go a long way to resolving the issues arising from excess moisture in the bathroom.

We have a solution that works. A solution that is affordable. A solution that requires no input or expense for the tenants. A solution that should be included in the new legislation.

We proposed that Showerdome® should at minimum be listed as an alternative to fitting an extractor fan.

• A Showerdome® shower top is a one off expense (able to be installed DIY), with no running costs or ongoing maintenance required.
• It is a passive solution, with NO tenant intervention required (unlike an extractor fan).
• A Showerdome® shower top is a preventative action. If you don’t make bathroom steam, you don’t need to extract it!
• A Showerdome® shower top is a proven, cost-effective alternative to an extractor fan.

Fast forward to February 2019, and the new legislation for rental properties states that an appropriately sized extractor fan must be installed in all bathrooms.

Our submission was noted and acknowledged, however ultimately ignored.

We are incredibly frustrated by this ruling, as we firmly believe that a Showerdome® is a perfectly acceptable alternative (we’d go so far as to say it’s a preferable option for the reasons listed above).

THERE IS HOWEVER GOOD NEWS!

We have had a verbal assurance from Housing & Urban Development that this new legislation will not be policed, and will only ever be referenced if a tenant makes a complaint.

We are confident that you can install a Showerdome® shower top, and this will be viewed favourably as a viable alternative to an extractor fan for reducing moisture in the bathroom.

Over time we are hopeful that our objections to the current legislation will be expanded to include shower tops.

If you are open to joining our crusade, we invite you to direct your comments to healthyhomes@hud.govt.nz