ACT Alterations and Additions to the Rented Premises

Tenants can only make alterations or additions to the premises if the landlord gives written consent. The best option is to discuss the need and reason for any alteration before going ahead with it.

This guide covers landlords (or head-tenants) and tenants (or sub-tenants) in a Residential Tenancy. This applies to the majority of share accommodation and residential property rental situations. To confirm it covers your situation visit What is my share accommodation situation?

Who can make alterations and additions to the premises?

The tenant can only make any alterations or additions to the premises, or install a fixture, if the landlord gives written consent. The landlord cannot withhold consent unreasonably. This means that if the alteration is needed for a real and important purpose enhancing the tenant’s living conditions then the landlord may not be able to withhold consent.

Before making any kind of alteration or addition to the property, the tenant should carefully consider whether they need the landlord’s consent and how it might affect the long-term value and nature of the rented premises.

The best approach to any kind of addition or alteration is for the tenant and landlord to discuss it and come to a mutually convenient agreement. Landlords should be aware that tenants may sometimes need to install fixtures or change the premises to suit their needs. Tenants should also remember that the premises is the property of the landlord and that any changes they make could affect its long-term value.

Removing fixtures or fittings
The tenant must fix any damage to the premises caused when removing a fixture or fitting. If the tenant does not fix the damage, they will be liable to compensate the landlord for the costs of repair.

If a fitting or fixture is not removed before the agreement ends, it will become the property of the landlord.

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