May Newsletter - 1st May 2016

May Newsletter Hello,
Health and Safety, Smoke Alarms, Insulation and Amendments to Term and Conditions
It has been a very busy few months in the Property Management industry with preparation for the changes to the Health and Safety legislation and the Residential Tenancy Act.
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
We have recently met with Chapman Employment Relations for training on the new Health & Safety Act and to discuss how we can go about implementing the changes with regards to Property Management.
Residential Tenancies Amendment Act
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was reported back to Parliament by the Select Committee on the 8th April 2016.  Although the new rules are still to be put forward to parliament for a second and third reading, in all likelihood they will become law and property owners and managers are required to act upon them.
From 1st July 2016, all new tenancy agreements must declare the level of insulation by use of R-values for tenants to be able to review prior to signing the tenancy agreement.
By 1st July 2019, all rental properties must have under floor and ceiling insulation meeting the required standard where it can be practically installed.
By 1st July 2019, all rental properties that currently have no insulation in ceiling and underfloor, must have new  insulation installed to levels that have been set to approximately the current Building Code requirements for new homes (currently R3.3 for ceiling and R1.3 for underfloor in the South Island).
Rental properties that currently have some level of insulation:
The details regarding properties that currently have some level of insulation are somewhat contradictory. Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing provided a press release on the 19th April 2016 detailing the requirements and there is also a handy question and answer PDF.
Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms must be installed in all residential rental properties by 1st July 2016.
Where there are currently no smoke alarms, long-life photoelectric alarms will need to be installed. Existing smoke alarms which are not photoelectric alarms are not required to be replaced immediately but when they do, they need to be replaced with long life photoelectric alarms. Alarms in rental properties are to be placed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and at a minimum of one working smoke alarm in a hall or similar within three metres of each bedroom and, in a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar and, in multi-storey units, there shall be at least one working smoke alarm on each level within the household unit. Tenants are responsible for replacing the batteries in smoke alarms.
Kind Regards,
The team at Haven Property Management.


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