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Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018: Modifications

This is the fifth post in our series regarding the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 which will come into effect on or before 1st July 2020.

The amendments allow for renters to make certain modifications without Residential Rental Providers consent, these will be minor modifications and a list of these will be prescribed at a later date before the amendments take effect.

Modifications that are not listed on the prescribed list will require the renter to seek approval from the Rental Provider. The act stipulates that this approval can not be unreasonably withheld. As part of the approval a rental provider will be able to request a “restoration Bond” be paid in addition to the standard bond. Rental providers will also be able to stipulate if the modification is to be removed and the property returned to pre modification condition at the end of the lease. Any rectification will be at the expense of the renter.

Regardless of whether a modification is approved or not approved, it will be the renters responsibility to rectify any damage caused by the modification.

Again, it is important as a residential rental provider that you appoint a competent agent to manage the property.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further please give me a call on 0419 018 005 or email david@woolfallresidential.com.au

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