A landlord who “ignored” the July 1 deadline to insulate rental properties must pay his tenants $2700 in damages. The Tenancy Tribunal found Dean Spense only organised for insulation to be installed in his central Auckland house for $900 per week in early August.The case was one of more than 200 applications about alleged breaches of insulation regulations by landlords received and assessed by Tenancy Services in July and August. According to the tribunal’s decision, Spense’s property manager at In Property Limited had tried to get Spense to arrange for insulation to be installed since March 2018 and had provided him with a quote for the work. But Spense, who is believed to live in Tauranga, “left it too late to give a final instruction and then under-estimated the wait time”. The tribunal said the legal requirement for landlords to install ceiling insulation in rental properties by July 1 2019 had been “common knowledge” since the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 came into effect three years earlier. Landlords who failed to meet the deadline could be fined up to $4000Source Stuff.co.nz