Healthy Homes


PHOTO: Healthy Homes Standards

A couple who were evicted from their home of 10 years four days before new rules to make rental properties warmer and drier came into effect are considering legal action against their landlord.

On Thursday, the pair from Henderson in West Auckland received a letter saying they had to leave the house within 90 days so the homeowner could renovate it to meet the Healthy Homes Standards.

Landlords had until Monday to ensure their rental properties met the standards, which require that rental properties must have insulation and an adequate heating source. Those who have failed to comply with the regulations can be forced to pay their tenants up to $4000.