• Sarah O'Gorman

Renting? Here’s What You Should Know About Insulation

When renting a home, insulation may not be the first thing on your mind. However, insulation is extremely important for a more comfortable and cost and energy-efficient home. New Zealand landlords are under new pressures to make sure the homes they are renting out are properly insulated. Here is everything you need to know as a renter about insulation.

New laws mean that landlords have to make sure the homes they rent out are properly insulated by July 2019. This includes providing renters with an outline of where insulation is present in the property and installing underfloor and ceiling insulation where necessary.

While there are some exceptions, landlords must meet these requirements by the end of the month to comply with new laws and regulations. If they fail to meet compliance, they could be slapped with over $4000 in fines.

Proper insulation is paramount in maintaining the comfort and well-being of renters and can add cost-efficiency to a home. Bulk insulation on a home keeps heat in that would otherwise escape and can act as a form of soundproofing against outside noise.

How Can You Make Sure You’re Living In A Properly Insulated Home?

If you are unsure about the current state of insulation in your home or if your landlord hasn’t provided you with an insulation assessment, you have various options.

You could conduct an independent assessment to help you better understand the state of your home’s insulation. This will not only leave you better informed but provide you with valuable information you can bring to your landlord or third parties if necessary. City councils across New Zealand can provide free assessments for tenants. More information is available on individual council websites.

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