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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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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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A landlord's guide to making RTA reform and HHGA submissions (updated)

There are two pieces of law currently in their consultation stages that are simply too important and consequential for landlords to ignore: reform of the Residential Tenancies Act and Healthy Homes Standards. If left to their own devices, these proposals could dramatically shift the landscape of residential tenancy for landlords. Everyone involved in this industry has skin in th...
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Peter Lewis: Important information for all landlords

There are two pieces of legislation currently under consultation which will dramatically affect all residential landlords. These are the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and the Health Homes Guarantee Act. Just some of the suggestions from tenancy advocates that could be made to the RTA include: removal of any ability for a landlord to terminate under a 42-d...
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