Government announces mandatory insulation standards

Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing announced today there will be changes made to the Residential Tenancies Act to include mandatory insulation standards and smoke alarms for all tenanted properties.

Essentially…”The new law will require retrofitting of ceiling and underfloor insulation in rental homes over the next four years. The requirement applies from 1 July 2016 for social housing that is heavily subsidised by Government, and from 1 July 2019 for other rental housing, including boarding houses…Smoke alarms will also be required in all tenanted properties from 1 July 2016.” Dr Smith comments.

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