Tenants

If you're a tenant, there are a things you can do to improve the health and comfort of the property you are renting.

Insulation

Well-installed, quality insulation is essential for a warm, dry home.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) aim to make homes warmer, drier and safer for the million New Zealanders who live in rented accommodation. For more information about the requirements, visit the Tenancy Services website.

Insulation requirements - Tenancy Services website

Free insulation for low-income tenants

Grants are available through Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes for ceiling and underfloor insulation for rental properties occupied by low-income tenants.

Do I qualify?
Type of property Living in rental property built before the year 2000
Eligibility Named tenant must have a Community Services Card. The programme may also accept referrals from low-income households with health conditions related to cold, damp housing.
Cost Free (your landlord will need to contribute up to 50% of the cost)
Exclusions Government housing stock because Government agencies look after their own rental property

To register your interest in the programme and find out if you qualify, contact an insulation service provider in your area.

 Service providers with funding through Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes

Other funding options

Some councils will let your landlord add the cost of insulation to the rates and there are also insulation companies offering special discounts.

 Payment options for insulation and heating

Ventilation

Ventilating a home is essential for removing excess moisture from your home - damp homes can be mouldy and they are harder to heat. The simplest and cheapest way to ventilate is opening doors and windows.

 Ventilation checklist

Heating

Looking for the best option to heat your home – compare the options.

 Types of heater

Simple ways to lower energy bills

There are easy ways to lower your energy bill and make your home warmer and more comfortable.

 Simple ways to lower energy bills

 Buying and renting tips