Alterations and additions to your rental home

23-May-2013

We often are asked the question from our tenants "can i put some hooks up so i can hang my pictures on the walls?"  

Naturally tenants want to make their new rental property a home and a home is somewhere you can surround yourself with the things you love including pictures of family and friends, art work or mirrors for decorating.

The Residential Tenancy Agreement (RTA) clause 27 states that:

  1. the tenant can not install any fixture or renovate, alter or add to the residential premises without the landlords written permission and  
  2. the tenant will not remove, without the landlords permission, any fixture attached by the tenant that was paid for by the landlord 
  3. to notify the landlord of any damage caused by removing any fixture attached by the tenant and
  4. to repair any damage caused by removing the fixture or compensate the landlord for the cost of the repair
So in summary, the tenant can not install hooks without written consent from the landlord.

The good news is that the landlord also can not unreasonably refuse permission according to clause 28 or the RTA.