'Warrant' wanted for all rentals

A warrant of fitness system for Dunedin's student flats should be extended to all the city's rental properties, including those let by the Dunedin City Council, Housing New Zealand and privately owned rental properties, the Southern District Health Board says.

The board submitted that while the council's current work on improving housing in the city was positive, it also ''strongly endorsed'' the council establishing a warrant of fitness system, incorporating ratings on insulation, heating and ventilation, fire safety, and security to be in place for all rental properties.

Speaking to the board's submission on the Dunedin City Council's draft annual plan for 2013-14, Jo King said housing conditions had significant public health implications, and other than that issue, which the board specifically wanted to raise, it appeared the two organisations were largely in agreement on public health.

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