Amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

  • 27 November 2016

Amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act (1 July 2016)

There have been some new law changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Below is some key information about the changes which affect residential insulation.


All residential rental homes in New Zealand will be required to have insulation to keep a home warm in winter and cool in summer. Social housing (where tenants pay an income related rent) must be insulated by 1 July 2016 and all other rental homes by July 2019.

Landlords are required to provide a statement on the tenancy agreement for any new tenancy commencing 1 July 2016 about the location, type and condition of insulation in the rental home.

Installing conductive foil insulation in residential and rental homes is now banned.

For more information refer to the Tenancy Services website where there is specific information about the new insulation requirements.

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