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Healthy homes bill makes 2017 the year of the renter - 20th Dec 2017

Healthy homes bill makes 2017 the year of the renter

Healthy homes bill makes 2017 the year of the renter


Renters will see the benefits of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill well before it kicks in in 2019 as landlords make pre-emptive improvements to their properties, says the head of the country’s leading home solutions company.

In a defining year for the state of New Zealand homes, HRV CEO Bruce Gordon believes those in rental accommodation and Kiwis living in substandard housing can expect landlords to pre-empt the introduction of the bill and the standards it sets out for insulation, heating, and ventilation.

“People have been demanding warm dry homes for years and something has finally happened. “HRV’s teams around the country are reporting that some landlords are already starting to look at, and in some cases, have booked in work to ensure they meet their obligations under the bill.

“While the bill will be very beneficial for those living in rental accommodation, it will also raise the standard of the countries’ housing stock in general.”

He says warm and dry weather over summer helps mask the problem of cold and damp homes, however once the autumn chill hits again the problem in many homes becomes evident.

“When a house has mould, it has it year-round and it is unhealthy,” he says.

Mr Gordon believes the new standards will have a positive impact on everything from the health of families and savings on power bills, through to the long-term condition and value of houses. 

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