At Trade Depot, we are committed to providing great quality home improvement products for Kiwi homes at affordable prices. One facet of this is creating safe living conditions, with products that keep your property warm and dry all year around. We are un-compromising on both our quality and our warranty terms, with strict conformance to the compliance standards of New Zealand.
The new Healthy Homes Standards come into effect on 1st July 2021, and all new / renewed leases have 90 days to be compliant, with all private rentals complying in 2024. For full details on the exact requirements, you can visit the official Tenancy website.
To help make any changes simpler, we have listed the HHS requirements, with easy links to our recommended products and categories for getting your rental or home sorted.
Landlords must provide one or more fixed heaters that can directly heat the main living room. The heater(s) must be acceptable types, and must meet the minimum heating capacity required for your main living room.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18˚C. By installing heating that can reach this temperature on the coldest days of the year, tenants will be able to keep warm all year round.
Please check the healthy home heating standards page on the official tenancy website for details on heating requirements and selection suggestions.
For main living areas or bedrooms, we suggest the use of a Midea Heat pump, which is built to last the harshest winter conditions, and can perform at full capacity when the outside temperature is as low as -15°C.
If you already have a heat pump in your main living area, but need a top-up to achieve compliance, panel heaters are a simple way to add a fixed small heating top-up.
Rental homes must have openable windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms. All kitchens (room containing an indoor cooktop), and bathrooms (room containing a shower or bath) are required to have an extractor fan that ventilates extracted air to outdoors.
Please check the healthy home ventilation standards page on the official tenancy website for details on all ventilation requirements.
All kitchens with a cooktop are required to have a rangehood/exhaust fan with an exhaust capacity greater than 50 litres per second (or 180m3/hr) or a minimum diameter of 150mm. All our rangehoods are compliant to healthy homes standard. Note that under new standards, recirculating rangehoods (non-externally ducted) are no longer able to be used.
All bathrooms with either a shower or bath must have an extractor fan vented to the outside, with an exhaust capacity greater than 25 litres per second (or 90m3/hr) or a minimum diameter of 120mm.
Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water. Rental properties with an enclosed sub-floor space must have a ground moisture barrier.
Moisture can be a large source of dampness in a home. This dampness can lead to poor health outcomes for tenants and can be destructive to the quality of a house.
All private rentals must comply within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy after 1. July 2021.
Please check the healthy home moisture and drainage page on the official tenancy website for details on all requirements.