The Heating Requirements According to Healthy Homes Standard

Heating Device

A fixed heating device (with a thermostat) must be installed in the living area sufficient to reach a temperature at least 18°C.

Online Heating Tool Statement

The fixed heating device in the living room must comply with the Tenancy Services online heating assessment tool by having a heating statement. For your information – The heating report is automatically produced after the relevant data has given into the Tenancy Services online heating assessment tool.

Are there any exemptions?

Exemptions are given for certain certified passive houses. These types of homes are warm, dry and have a low maintenance cost because they are built utilising high specification windows, insulation and automated ventilation system that can maintain indoor temperatures to 20°C year-round. Moreover, the exemption is also given to homes that are not reasonably practicable to install a heating device in the living area.

What is the online heating assessment tool?

An online heating assessment tool is available in the Tenancy Services website that enables you to evaluate if their heater is compliant for that living room. After the user enters several parameters such as living area size, the wattage of the heater, etc, the online tool will produce a calculation that needs to be included with the tenancy agreement as part of the heating statement.

Click here to access the online tool.

Deadlines for compliance of HHGA

  1. All private rental properties must comply within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy after 01/07/2021.
  2. Otherwise all private rental properties must comply by 01/07/2024.
  3. Housing New Zealand and other Government Housing Providers have until 01/07/2023 to achieve compliance.
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