Insulation and the new RTA regulations

Insulation is mandatory under the RTA in all rental properties from July 2019.  Are your properties compliant?

Insulating your rental property is worth the investment and is compulsory from July 2019 under the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA).  A compliance team has already been set up to inspect and enforce the new regulations and MBIE can impose significant fines for non-compliance.

What are the key RTA requirements?

  • Since July 2016 new Tenancy Agreements must include a Statement of Insulation declaring the level and type of existing ceiling, underfloor and wall insulation.
  • Since July 2016 all tenanted properties must have working smoke alarms. 
  • From July 2019 all residential rental properties must have adequate ceiling and underfloor insulation (some exemptions apply - read below).

Insulation & Heating for Rentals

We can help make your rentals warmer, drier and compliant with new insulation & heating regulations. There's only 12 months to go before insulation is mandatory. Leave your contact details here and one of our friendly team will be in touch to help. We'll coordinate with your tenants and ensure your products are installed safely and provide you with an Insulation Statement.

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Download your free Landlords Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act

Find out more about the Residential Tenancies Act changes and insulation requirements by downloading the Landlords Guide to the RTA. It lets you know what the regulations are, including insulation specifications.

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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.

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Want to do it yourself? 

That's fine, we can point you in the right direction too. Have a look at our DIY Insulation Hints & Tips.