There are compliance dates for a couple different things:

1. When your rental property needs to meet the five healthy homes standards.
2. When and what kind of statements you have to include in the tenancy agreement.

When your property needs to meet the five healthy homes standards

You will need to know the deadline for your rental property so you can get prepared in time.

Boarding houses: Must meet the standards by 1 July 2021.

Kāinga Ora or community housing provider houses: Must meet the standards by 1 July 2023.

Private rental properties: If a new or renewed tenancy begins on or after 1 July 2021, the property must comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of the new or renewed tenancy start date. All private rentals must comply by 1 July 2024. 

When and what statements you have to include in the tenancy agreement

If you’re a landlord of a private rental property, you’ll need to include a statement about the healthy homes standards in the tenancy agreement.

There are two different healthy homes standards statements:

  1. The ‘intent to comply statement’(external link) tells your tenants that you plan to comply with the healthy homes standards by the compliance deadline.
  2. The ‘compliance statement'(external link) tells your tenants your current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards. For example, your property may already comply with the insulation standard but it still needs work to meet the other four standards.

 

Which statement/s you’ll need to include will depend on when then the tenancy agreement was signed, renewed or varied.

Use our decision tool to find out which statement/s you need to include(external link)

Several other required statements (for example an insurance statement) may need to be included in (or attached to) new, renewed or varied tenancy agreements.

Find out more about required statements.(external link)

What happens if you change your tenancy agreement?

By changing your tenancy agreement, you might change your healthy homes compliance deadline or the compliance statement that needs to be included in (or attached to) the tenancy agreement. This depends on the type of change to the agreement and the date the change is made.  

Extending a fixed-term tenancy

Extending a fixed-term tenancy is just changing the end date of the tenancy; all other aspects of the agreement remain the same. If you agree to this type of change, it will not change the healthy homes compliance date for the property.

Varying a tenancy

A tenancy variation means the terms of the tenancy agreement are changed, for example changes to who is responsible for lawns and gardens, change of tenants, or different terms and conditions.

If you decide to vary your tenancy agreement, it does not change the healthy homes compliance date for the property, however it could change the compliance statement that you must include in your varied tenancy agreement.

If the original tenancy was signed before 1 July 2019, you will need to include an ‘intent to comply’ statement(external link) in the tenancy agreement (or attach it) if a variation occurs.

Renewing a fixed-term tenancy

A fixed-term tenancy can be renewed on the same terms and conditions for the same length of time as the original fixed-term tenancy. Either you can agree to renew the fixed-term with your tenant or your tenant can exercise a right in their agreement to renew the fixed term.

Renewing a fixed-term tenancy can have an impact on the healthy homes compliance date and what required statements must be included in the new tenancy agreement.

Renewed tenancy signed before 1 July 2021 but ends before 1 July 2024:

You will need to include an ‘intent to comply statement'(external link) in the tenancy agreement (or attach it). 

Renewed tenancy signed before 1 July 2021 but ends after 1 July 2024:

You will need to include a compliance statement in the tenancy agreement.

Renewed fixed-term tenancy begins on or after 1 July 2021:

The property must comply with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of the starting date of the further fixed-term period. You must also include a healthy homes compliance statement with the new tenancy agreement.

 Find out what other required statements you may also need to include(external link)