In breaking news:
Government strengthens residential tenancy laws
Every rental property in New Zealand will have to be fully insulated within four years, Government has confirmed.
Housing Minister Nick Smith announced plans this morning to strengthen residential tenancy laws, including requirements for landlords to provide smoke alarms and insulation, and to declare the standard of insulation on tenancy agreements.
“The new law will require retrofitting of ceiling and underfloor insulation in rental homes over the next four years,” Dr Smith said in a statement.
Credit to the Greens, who have been pushing insulation as an issue for years. Credit to Labour who have pushed for a rental warrant of fitness – this new development addresses a huge part of the warrant policy. Credit to the Nats too for (finally) moving at least some way on this issue. This is a good example of a policy win from opposition. More please!