Replacing HRV filters

Alan asks:
(updated on Saturday, December 26th 2015)

My property has been rented for approximately three months and the HRV system requires its filters to be changed. Should the replacement of these filters be a tenant or landlord cost?

Our Experts Answer:

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, landlords have a requirement to provide and maintain the premises in a reasonable state of repair. Where a landlord provides a specialist heating or ventilation system in the rented premises they are responsible for the regular servicing and maintenance of this type of equipment.

To carry out necessary repairs or maintenance, the landlord may enter the premises at any time between 8am and 7pm, and is required to give the tenants not less than 24 hours’ notice of the intended entry, and the reason for it.

If you need any further assistance please visit our website at www.tenancy.govt.nz or call our Tenancy Advice line on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262), Monday to Friday between 8am and 5.30pm.

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