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HHS Heat pumps: A Q&A with Tim Fawdray

Given predictable increase in activities in the heat pump market (the season, HHS compliance deadline and the lockdown being behind us 🤞🏻), we've gotten together with Tim Fawdray, Managing Director of Varcoe, to tackle some of the common issues landlords face when purchasing a heat pump: Q. The heating assessment tool is only telling insofar as what the required heating capacity is for a ...
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Steve Hegh: Tips for Getting a Healthy Homes Assessment of Your Rental Property

It’s time to make sure your rental properties are up to the Healthy Homes Standards. There were rumours that the Healthy Homes deadlines might be changed, but that hasn’t happened. So, the deadline is still 1 July for including a statement of your property’s current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards in any new, renewed or varied tenancy agreement. The...
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Steve Hegh: I have $20K to spend on Healthy Homes, how do I get the most bang out of my buck?

The Healthy Home Standards became law last year, and the first deadline is coming up on 1 July – where you must include a statement of your current level of compliance in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement. Then, by 1 July 2021, you must be compliant within 90 days for any new tenancies. So, if you have a budget of $20k to spend on making your property a healthy home, how shou...
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Is a shower dome HHS friendly?

This week's question comes from Matt (paraphrased): The HHS requires that there be an externally vented extractor fan to be placed in the bathroom. What if there is a shower dome in place so that condensation is not a problem? A shower dome does not qualify as an exemption for the HHS ventilation standards. You are still bound to install an externally ventilated extractor fa...
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HHS Compliance #2: Insulation requirements at a glance

Welcome back to Part 2 to our Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Series. After covering heating last week, let's turn our attention to insulation. Landlords will be well aware that there are the 2016 Minimum Standards for insulation to be met by 1 July 2019. The HHS Insulation Standards go a step further to require there to be qualifying ceiling and underfloor insulation to the 2008 b...
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HHS heating standards for tenants on Globug

This week's question comes from Helen (paraphrased): It appears that Fujitsu NZ does not recommend installing its heat pumps at properties that are on Globug (Globug is a prepaid power service that connects and disconnects power in between account top-ups) as recurring connection followed by disconnection can damage the hardware. My tenant is on Globug, what should I do about the Healt...
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HHS Compliance #1: Heating requirements at a glance

Welcome to our Healthy Homes Standards Compliance Series. In light of this week's rollout of the Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 ("the Regulations"), we will be releasing weekly resources to help landlord comply with these Healthy Homes Standards ("HHS"). There will be a mix of compliance guides, best practice protocols, link pooling, FAQs, video expla...
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Peter Lewis: What can you deduct?

Given the ongoing publicity and often heated discussions, all landlords should by now know that there are a number of mandatory upgrades and enhancements that will be required for all residential rental properties over the next few years. We have already passed the date when it became compulsory to install smoke alarms in all such properties, and we are very near the time...
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What is the standard for installing heating at rental properties?

This week's question comes from Fred (paraphrased): What is the standard for installing heating at residential rental properties? A well-timed question! Regrettably, there isn't a straightforward answer. Why? Because the entire rental industry has found ourselves smack-bang in the middle of a strange twilight zone bookended by the Home Improvement Regulations (HIR) that our Ten...
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