Since the Healthy Homes Standards became law on 1 July 2019, landlords are required to provide two additional statements as part of any new or renewing tenancy agreement.
The first, is a statement of insulation quality and the second, a statement of their intent to comply with the Healthy Homes Standards.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords must provide a statement that outlines the type, location and condition of the insulation in the walls, ceiling and underfloor of their rental properties.
If you are a private landlord managing your own properties, here’s a template you can use. If you use a Lodge property manager, they will arrange for this to be correctly prepared for you.
You may choose to use an assessment from a professional as your statement, however, this document must:
Important! A tenancy agreement is a legal document. We always recommend seeking expert advice specific to your circumstances.
If you do not sign an insulation statement or include false or misleading information in it, you may face a financial penalty up to $500.
As a landlord, you must now declare that you comply or intend to comply with the Healthy Homes Standards by the required dates. Failure to make this declaration could result in a financial penalty up to $500.
If your property is run by a Lodge Property Manager, we can help you prepare this document and ensure all the boxes are ticked. Alternatively, you can do it using the Tenancy Services’ template of the statement.
If your home already complies with the Healthy Homes Standards, you must have the documentation to back up your claim and be able to provide these within 10 working days. This is part of the new rental property record-keeping requirements (see below) for landlords that also came into effect on 1 July 2019.
Landlords must be able to provide evidence of their compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards. According to Tenancy Services, this can include documents such as:
Landlords must be able to supply their compliance records within 10 working days to show that their rental meets the Healthy Homes Standards. Fail to do so and you are breaking the law, which could incur penalties.
In addition to the above, landlords must now keep accurate records about their tenancy. This includes:
For more information on the HHS and how it may impact your rental property, contact your Lodge Property Manager or download our free guide below!