Quality of New Zealand homes in the spotlight

In light of recent deaths, which have been partially attributed to the poor quality of the deceased’s rental homes, the concept of a housing Warrant of Fitness (WOF) has been canvased.

The idea is to promote energy efficiency, quality and health and safety amongst rental houses by implementing a checklist to ensure that all homes meet minimum health and safety standards.

The concept of a housing WOF has already been trialled by the government in 2014 but only in the state housing sector. In terms of applying this regulation to all residential homes, Bill English’s response is that this will come at too high a cost.

In the meantime, it is suggested that more emphasis is placed on landlord’s responsibility to ensure that their houses are of a quality that they would want live in, which is also in their long term interests.

To read more on the issue of housing WOF’s click here.

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