Green Party Proposing a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ Scheme for Rental Properties.

What is being proposed?

There have been calls for a Warrant of Fitness or a similar program to be implemented, which would assess the quality of New Zealand’s rental property stock.

Well publicised in recent times, Marama Davidson and the Green Party have been advocating for a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ to be passed into law by their coalition government.

However, there is hesitation from many, about the idea of a scheme for measuring rental property standards. In the past few years, the Wellington City Council has trialled a voluntary ‘Rental Warrant of Fitness’. With little uptake, backed with most properties failing over very minor issues, it has been seen as a failure and pushed people further away from the concept.

While built with good intentions, the system has a few drawbacks. A pass/fail system is too broad, not clearly defining what makes one property more liveable than another.

How is the Certificate of Compliance different?

First and foremost, the Certificate of Compliance is not a pass/fail system, rather it is a graded system. The property is measured by over 140 questions. At the end of the assessment a grading from A-E is provided for the property, rather than being given either a pass or fail.

The Certificate of Compliance also checks the properties compliance against relevant legislation including the:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • Residential Tenancies Act 2016.
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019.
  • Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Regulations) 2019.

If a property does not meet an aspect of the legislation it is not a failed result, rather a provisional grading is provided. Once the compliance issue has been remedied at the property, the grading will stand.

For more information about the Certificate of Compliance contact our team by phoning 03 929 1403 or email [email protected]

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