Many houses currently on sale on Trade Me
wouldn't meet the standards that state houses are forced to meet,
says a building expert.
But New Zealand building company Jennian Homes
wants this to change, and the company is calling on the Government
to make sure all homes meet the Building Code before they're
The Government introduced a trial warrant of
fitness scheme in February which forced a sample of 500 state
houses to meet a 49-point checklist including being insulated and
dry, safe and secure, and have essentials amenities like a bath or
shower and a toilet.
Now Jennian Homes' Dave Wilson wants to see the
WOF extended to all houses as he says Kiwis are continuing to get
sick from sub-standard housing.
"There is a responsibility to ensure houses are
made safer and that sub-standard homes should not be allowed to be
passed on to a new owner, or be rented out," he said.
"This is a requirement for landlords and
homeowners wishing to sell, to invest in their houses ... The
flow-on effect is that New Zealanders will have houses that are
more healthy and far cheaper to run."
Mr Wilson says houses as young as 15 years old
might not pass the code and could be putting families at risk.
"Jennian has nothing to gain or profit from
this, we see it as our social responsibility to drive any
initiative that will result in New Zealanders living in safer,
healthier homes," he said.
It would cost about $9 million to extend the
WOF to all houses, Mr Wilson said.
When the state housing WOF scheme is in full
force every state house will be assessed on a three-yearly
A separate trial in May which assessed 144
rental properties around the country found 94 per cent failed at
least one of the 31 criteria on the check list.
What the state housing WOF
- Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and laundry ventilation
- Roof intact and not leaking
- Ceiling and under-floor insulation
- No or limited mould
- Hot water
- Working smoke alarms
- Power points
The NZCPHM Policy on Housing is available on the Policies & Publications