Warmer rental homes are healthier for tenants. Good quality insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and out during summer.
Insulation statements are compulsory on all tenancy agreements signed since 1 July 2016. All landlords have to state in any new tenancy agreement whether there is insulation in the rental property, where it is, what type it is, and what condition it is in. Additional requirements apply if this information is not able to be provided. It helps tenants to make an informed decision.
Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes from 1 July 2019 where it is reasonably practicable to install. It must comply with the regulations and be safely installed.
A landlord who fails to comply with the regulations is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000.
Insulation statements help tenants to be better informed about the condition of a rental home before they commit to moving in.
Currently, only landlords of income-related rent tenancies have to provide insulation in rental properties. From 1 July 2019, all landlords must provide insulation in rental properties that meets requirements unless an exception applies to the property.