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Daikin: How to get the most out of your heat pump this winter

Not all heat pumps are created equal and given the harsh weather conditions in parts of New Zealand, it is important for landlords to be able to choose the most efficient and reliable model to install to keep their tenants and rental properties nice and warm. We speak to Gary Felstead, Deputy General Manager of Sales at Daikin to find out more. Q. In addition to the minimum kilowattage ...
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What's my HHS compliance date?

This week's question comes from Cliff: My property is not yet fully HHS compliant, how should I fill in the compliance date on the HHS Compliance Statement? Actually, we expect this to be a common situation many landlords find themselves in. There are several deadlines for the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) between now and July 2024. While the HHS Compliance Statement is now compu...
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Raewyn Stanaway: Residential property investing - new builds vs existing

There are lots of options available when looking to invest in residential property and one consideration is whether to buy an existing property or a ‘new build’. With the current RTA and Healthy Homes legislation, there is indeed a lot to think about. Existing Homes Unless you are buying an existing house that is already 100% compliant with current legislation, or wish to do any work re...
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Can HHS ventilation ducting be merged?

This week's question comes from Lara: My rental has a bathroom right next to the kitchen. Can the ducting of the bathroom extractor and kitchen extractor be joined and vented out of the house together for HHS ventilation purposes? Yes, so long as both extractor fans meet the size/capacity requirement (i.e. >150 mm diameter/exhaust capacity > 50 litres per second for anything ins...
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HHS heating to be installed right now?

Question from Janak: Do I have to provide heat pumps right now before a property manager can rent out my unit? My property manager says heat pumps are needed before they can advertise and rent out the property. Your question goes to how the compliance deadline interacts with the terms of your management authority: All private rentals must comply with the heating standard within 90 day...
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HHS: Can landlords self-inspect?

Question from Mark: Can landlords complete our own HHS inspection? My property manager says only third party inspectors can. Legally there is no restriction on who can or cannot inspect the current level of HHS compliance at a rental property. Landlords can certainly self-inspect and many do. However, some property management companies, for very good reasons (business process and sta...
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Heat pumps in apartments?

Question from Andrew: As an apartment owner I own the interior of the apartment envelope, the carpark (if I have one) and mail box but the common areas and exterior cladding is owned, managed and maintained by the Body Corporate. The way I read clause 3 below as most, if not all owners of apartments won’t own the exterior cladding (owned by the Body Corporate) this gives an exemption for ...
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Shhh! Heat pump breaches quiet enjoyment?

An APIA members’ recent endeavour to comply with the HHS heating standards brought a couple of issues to the forefront that are worth unpacking here. Her experience in brief: She owns a block of three adjoining flats and made inquiries with a heat pump installer (with whom she has an existing working relationship with) about putting heat pumps into all three units. The installer assessed ...
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Raewyn Stanaway: How to 'winter-proof' your tenancy

The last thing any landlord wants is their tenant moving out in the middle of winter because they find the property cold or damp. Your chances of re renting a cold property quickly at that time of year will be very difficult. Warm and comfortable homes are more appealing and will attract and keep good long term tenants. You will be aware of the Healthy Homes Standards that became law on 1...
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Wall insulation? No idea. 🤷‍♀️

This week's question comes from Phoebe re the HHS compliance statements (paraphrased): Tenancy Services' template HHS Compliance Statement has a section on Wall Insulation. I see that I am only required to disclose the information 'if it's known' but the 'I don't know' option seems to require some explanation for not knowing. How do I prove something I couldn't know? Do I need to buy a prop...
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