Insulation - New Law from 1 July 2016

Every new tenancy agreement from 1 July 2016 needs to include a statement by the landlord detailing the location, type and condition of insulation installed in ceilings, under floor and in walls.

What if you don't know this information? It is not good enough to have a statement saying "Unknown". Landlords will need to explain why they have been unable to obtain the information and need to show that they have taken all reasonable steps to obtain the information.

In an increasingly litigious world, we recommend a professional assessment as the basis for providing the statement on the tenancy agreement.

Section 13a of the Residential Tenancies Act details what needs to be included in a tenancy agreement. Failure to comply with this section is an unlawful act and carries a maximum exemplary fine of $500. 

From 1 July 2019, all rental homes will need to have insulation fitted in ceilings and underfloor in compliance with minimum standards.

For more information - Tenancy Services Website