No extensions for insulating rentals

It’s just over 18 days before all rental houses must have compliant insulation, and the Tenancy Services Compliance and Investigations team says there will be no extensions.

From 1 July 2019, a landlord who has not installed ceiling and floor insulation where reasonably practicable will be in breach of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and may face exemplary damages of up to $4,000 at the Tenancy Tribunal. Insulating a property can be complicated work, and landlords need to get in quick to ensure their rentals are done in time as some insulation installers may already be booked up. Having a plan in place will not be enough to protect a landlord from financial penalties. The Tenancy Compliance and Investigation Team will continue to focus on landlords who systematically breach the Residential Tenancies Act by failing to properly install mandatory smoke alarms, provide insulation statements, and – following the 1 July 2019 deadline – install insulation.

In many cases, it cost about $2000 – 3000 to top up the existing insulation so it is really not worth it to be noncompliant.



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