The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act took effect on 11 February 2021 and changed the law on notice periods and reasons for ending a tenancy.
In response to rental sector feedback, the Government has agreed to amend the Healthy Homes Standards and its heating requirements for rental properties to reflect the higher thermal performance of new homes built to the 2008 building code requirements for insulation and glazing and apartments.
Topics: Health and Wellbeing
The 1 July 2021 deadline is now only a few months away. This is the date that residential rental properties must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards, within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.
In New Zealand, we love open plan living which eliminates barriers such as walls and doors that traditionally separated distinct functional areas. The flow that open plan living provides is well espoused by real estate agents as a highly sought-after feature of a property, unless you are trying to comply with the healthy homes heating standard.
During this year’s lockdown, as our homes became ‘our castles’, many of us started to pay more attention to our surroundings.
Many of us dream of working from home. Wouldn’t it be great to jump out of bed in your pyjamas to grab a cup of coffee before returning to read your emails? Well, for those of us who have been “living the dream” during lockdown, the reality can be quite different. So how do we adapt and even thrive in this new work environment?
We humans are social beings, and as more and more of us face the prospects of physical distancing or quarantine we need to ensure we remain healthy and happy.