Sustainable homes

Healthy Rentals 

Healthy Rentals programme

Landlords in several local boards around Auckland can transform their rental properties into healthy, energy efficient homes.

Rental properties in the following local board areas may be eligible for a free independent healthy home assessment plus assistance towards the cost of insulation and other improvements.

If the rental property is within one of the four local boards listed below and is occupied by low income tenants - or tenants who have health conditions related to cold, damp housing - you can get assistance to make your rental property healthy and warm.

The programme is now in its fourth year and over 600 homes have benefitted.

 

Local board areas

  • Puketapapa - Three Kings, Hillsborough, Waikowhai, Lynfield and Wesley
  • Whau - New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Avondale, New Windsor and Blockhouse Bay
  • Māngere- Ōtāhuhu - Māngere Bridge, Māngere and Ōtāhuhu town centres, Favona and Māngere East
  • Maungakiekie–Tamaki - One Tree Hill, Royal Oak, Onehunga, Penrose, Mt Wellington, Panmure and Glen Innes.

The list of suburbs above is indicative only. Use our local board locater to see if your property is in one of these local board areas.

 

Subsidies

Local board subsidies are available for the following improvements through our approved Healthy Rentals supplier Greenstar Energy Solutions.

  • 10 per cent off ceiling and underfloor insulation up to $400 (in addition to Greenstar discount of 25 per cent and up potential 25 per cent EECA insulation subsidy)
  • 40 per cent off a heat pump up to $1200 (if house meets insulation requirements)
  • 40 per cent off bathroom and kitchen extractor fans up to $400
  • 20 per cent of groundsheets up to $200.

The focus of the programme is to provide assistance with the cost of insulation.  A very limited number of other subsidies are available. Subsidies will be processed in the order in which applications are received. 

The tenant also gets free advice and a resource kit to help them save energy and money on their power bills and manage energy and moisture levels in the home. This includes LED light bulbs, draught stoppers and other items.

Local board subsidies for improvements are targeted at properties with low income tenants or tenants with health conditions related to cold, damp housing. Even if the tenant does not meet the criteria for an EECA insulation subsidy through the Warm up NZ programme, landlords may still be eligible for assistance through Healthy Rentals.

Rental properties with general income tenants may be eligible for financial support through the Retrofit Your Home programme. All rental properties are eligible for a free Healthy Rentals home assessment and tenant advice regardless of whether the tenant meets the criteria for accessing subsidies. 

 

Why landlords should apply

  • A free independent healthy home assessment will help landlords fulfil their obligations under the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.
  • A free report recommending potential improvements will help landlords prioritise their investment.
  • Subsides for insulation and other improvements are available for a limited time.
  • Warm, dry, mould-free homes retain tenants for longer and reduce maintenance needs.

 

Why tenants should apply

  • Free advice and resources for keeping the home warmer and drier
  • Healthier homes = healthier residents. Children miss fewer days at school due to respiratory illnesses
  • Lower power bills. Insulated homes are cheaper to heat.

 

Apply for a free home assessment

The Healthy Rentals programme offers an impartial home assessment service looking at a wide range of factors affecting the health and safety of homes. The Council endorsed assessors are not from Greenstar and are independent of any commercial interests, providing a neutral, unbiased and confidential assessment of the condition of the property. All rental properties are eligible for a free healthy rentals home assessment and tenant advise regardless of whether the tenant meets the criteria for accessing subsidies. 

To register your interest in the Healthy Rentals programme and to book in a home assessment email the Healthy Rentals team or phone 09 890 4610 with answers to the following questions:

  1. Are you a landlord, property manager or tenant?
  2. How did you find out about the programme?
  3. What is the property address?
  4. What is the landlord’s name, phone number and email address?
  5. What is the tenants name, phone number and email address?
  6. Does the tenant have or is eligible for a community services card?
  7. Does anyone in the household suffer from asthma or recurrent respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or persistent coughs and colds?

Note: To be eligible for the local board subsidy the tenant needs to be present for the home assessment visit in order to receive advice and a free resource kit.

If you are a landlord or property manager and don’t know the answers to 6 and 7 above, you may still get the free property assessment. Tenants can provide the information during the visit.

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