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An important part of making a rental house a home is feeling safe, being able to hang pictures, have modern communications technology installed and to have safely installed furniture.


Tenants can make minor modifications

A tenant will still require the landlord’s written consent to install fixtures or modify the property, however a landlord will not be able to unreasonably refuse consent to certain types of modifications – for example, modifications needed for safety reasons (i.e. installing furniture anchors), minor modifications (i.e. installing a picture hook), or access to the internet.

Depending on the type of modification requested, the landlord may require the tenant to use a suitably qualified trade person. This would include someone who is licensed or otherwise has the relevant expertise to carry out the modification.

In the case of disability-related modifications, which can be more complex, an assessment may be needed to determine the need for home modifications. This would be conducted by an accredited occupational therapist, or other allied health practitioner as appropriate. Tenants may also rely on an existing assessment.

More information

The reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament in 2018, and if passed, these reforms would be implemented in 2019.

For information about the review, visit the Fairer Safer Housing website.

If you have a question or concern about current rental laws, visit the Renting section on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.