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Insulation Requirements for Rental Properties in Auckland, NZ

If you’re an Auckland landlord and you’re wondering about rental property insulation requirements, it’s compulsory to install insulation in your property. On the 1st of July, 2019, it will be mandatory that you fit all your properties with insulation in the ceiling and underfloor.

Landlord Insulation Exceptions

There are some exceptions. You don’t need to insulate the walls, and ceiling & underfloor insulation will only need to be installed where it’s practical to do so. So if your rental property has a concrete slab foundation, it’s not seen as essential that you install insulation under the floor because it’s not practical.
Compliance is important. If you don’t comply with these regulations, it’s considered an unlawful act. The financial penalty can be up to $4,000.

Landlord Obligations NZ: Getting Specific

The terminology given to the quality of insulation is called an R value. It’s a measure of thermal resistance, or its ability to retain heat. This is important because landlords will need to adhere to certain minimum R values when they select what type of install to install in their properties. If there is no insulation there whatsoever, the R value of the insulation you install in the ceiling would need to be a minimum of 2.9, and the minimum R value for insulation underfloor would need to 1.3. For a home that already has insulation but needs to be topped up or upgraded, there are different standards. A timber frame house would need ceiling insulation with an R value of at least 1.9, and the floor would need to be 0.9. In a masonry style home, the R value in the ceiling would need to be a minimum of 1.5, and underfloor insulation would need to be at least 0.9.

Insulation Requirements for Rental Properties: Cost

Ryan_WeirBased on a 96 square meter home that doesn’t currently have insulation, to install it in both the ceiling and the underfloor, you can expect to pay about $3,400 plus GST. Our advice is that landlords should take care of this now. There will be a rush and higher prices leading up to the deadline. There are risks involved in the process of installing insulation, so have a professional do it. This will keep everyone safe and help you avoid risk.

This is an update on what’s happening with insulation. It’s becoming compulsory, so be prepared. If you have any questions about insulation, or anything pertaining to property management in Auckland, NZ, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at Walker Weir Property Management.

September 12th, 2017