Tenants installing fixtures and altering the rental property

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A tenant must not, without the landlord's consent, install any fixtures or make any alteration, renovation or addition to the rented premises. If the landlord does consent, they are not required to reimburse any costs to the tenant.

If a landlord becomes aware that a tenant has installed any fixtures or made any alterations without consent, the landlord may serve the tenant a Notice for breach of duty to tenant/s of rented premises (Word, 468KB) requiring the tenant to:

  • restore the rented premises to the condition they were in immediately before the installation, or
  • compensate the landlord an amount equal to the reasonable cost of restoring the premises to that condition.

If the tenant fails to comply with the breach of duty notice, the landlord may apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to get a compliance order or may serve a second breach of duty notice.

Before a tenancy agreement ends, a tenant who has installed fixtures on or renovated, altered or added to the rented premises (even with the landlord's written consent) must restore the premises to their original condition unless an agreement is reached with the landlord to allow the alterations to remain. Such agreements should be in writing.

Modifications for tenants with a disability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may fund modifications, such as ramps, hand rails or lever taps, to make the rented premises safe and accessible for a tenant with a disability.

Tenants must have the written agreement of the landlord (and the owners corporation, if applicable) before any modifications take place.

For more information, visit the Home modifications page on the NDIS website.