Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act


New regulations are set to be added to the Residential Tenancies Act as of 29 March 2021. Our office have undergone extensive training to ensure we're on top of all changes and in a position to assist our clients with any questions regarding their rental property. 
 
Below is a summary of some of the changes, please get in touch with any member of the Jason Real Estate property management team if you have any questions, or required further information. 
 

From March 29, without their landlord’s consent, renters will be able to install:

-Picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on surfaces other than exposed brick or concrete walls

-Wall anchoring devices on surfaces other than exposed brick or concrete walls to secure furniture

-LED light globes that don’t require new light fittings

-A water-efficient shower head if the original shower head is retained

-Blind or cord anchors

-Hardware-mounted child safety gates on walls other than exposed brick or concrete walls, or pressure-mounted child safety gates

-Adhesive child safety locks on drawers and doors

-Security lights, alarm systems or security cameras that do not impact the privacy of neighbours, can be easily removed and are not hardwired to the property

-Non-permanent window film for insulation, reduced heat transfer or privacy

-A wireless doorbell

-A lock on a letterbox

-Replacement curtains if the original curtains are retained by the previous renter

 

From March 29, landlords must not unreasonably refuse consent for:

-The installation of picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on exposed brick or concrete walls

-The installation of hardware-mounted child safety gates on exposed brick or concrete walls

-The installation of wall anchoring devices on exposed brick or concrete walls to secure items of furniture

-Draught proofing in homes without open-flued gas heating, including installing weather seals, caulking or gap filling around windows, doors, skirting and floorboards

-A suitably qualified person to install a security system that does not impact on the privacy of neighbours, if the landlord is provided with an invoice with the name of the installer at the time consent is requested

-The installation of flyscreens on doors and windows

-The planting of a vegetable or herb garden

-The installation of a secure letterbox

-The painting of the rented premises

-Modifications to secure external gates in rentals that are not multi-unit buildings

 

SOURCE: realestate.com.au