Insulation and the new RTA regulations
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Insulating your rental property is worth the investment and new regulations in the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) make insulation and smoke alarms mandatory.
What are the key RTA requirements?
- New Tenancy Agreements from July 2016 must include a Statement of Insulation that declares the level and type of existing ceiling, underfloor and wall insulation in the property.
- All tenanted properties must have working smoke alarms. Since July 2016 landlords have been responsible for ensuring an operational smoke alarm is in place, and tenants responsible for replacing batteries or notifying landlords of defects. Long life (10-year) photoelectric alarms are required where there is no existing alarm or when replacing an existing alarm.
- From July 2019, all residential rental properties must have adequate ceiling and underfloor insulation (with specific exemptions, such as where ceiling/underfloor is inaccessible).
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What level of Insulation is required for my rental?
The level on insulation required depends on whether your property currently has any insulation or not and what condition the existing insulation is in.
- Existing insulation must be dry, in reasonable condition, with no gaps and meet a minimum requirement for ceilings of R1.9 level for timber framed homes or R1.5 for masonry homes. Equivalent underfloor insulation levels being R0.9 for all homes.
- Currently uninsulated houses will need to insulate ceilings to either R2.9 or R3.3 depending on regional zone, and underfloor to R1.3.
An insulated home improves the value of rental properties and limits maintenance issues associated with cold and damp. Protect your asset and your tenants' health and comfort - they will stay in your properties for longer, and your maintenance costs will be less. Contact us today and we can help ensure you comply.