This submission reinforced CHA’s previous submission last month on RTA amendment Bill with the following key points:
- The proposed regulations, whilst a step in the right direction, do not take advantage of the opportunity to address shortcomings that have permitted a significant portion of New Zealand’s rental housing stock to become hazardous to occupants.
- The proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations should be set to achieve the World Health Organisation (WHO) minimum air temperature standard of 18 degrees Celsius.
- That the proposed regulations should be expanded to include a fixed source of heating and proper ventilation.
- And that the proposed enforcement mechanisms are too weak and should not rely on tenants or landlords but through a third party Housing Warrant of Fitness inspection process.