11 May 2017

More carrot, less sticks

From The House , 6:55 pm on 11 May 2017

Insulation and smoke alarms are compulsory in rental properties but a bill before the Government Administration Committee aims to toughen up regulations even further.

Labour leader Andrew Little's Healthy Home's Guarantee Bill (No2) passed its first reading a year ago - the first Healthy Home's Guarantee Bill under Labour MP Phil Twyford's name failed to pass its first reading in March of 2015.

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Mr Little's Bill would require rental properties meet a minimum standard of heating, ventilation and drainage but healthy home advocates have told the committee the bill needs "more carrot" to lure landlords to its side.

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All rental homes must be insulated by July 2019 but the Government Administration Committee has been told poorly installed insulation is an ongoing problem. Photo: 123RF