Making minor changes to the property

15/02/2022

This change to the Residential Tenancies Act provides clarity on what a minor change is and sets the process for a tenant requesting a minor change, a landlord consenting to the request, and reinstatement at the end of the tenancy.

What is classified as a minor change?

  • they present a low risk of damage to the property
  • they require no consent under law
  • they are of a nature that allows the property to be easily returned to a reasonably similar condition at the end of the tenancy

Some examples of a minor change are:

  • installing shelving
  • installing curtains and window coverings
  • installing picture hooks.
  • installing a baby gate

What is the process?
A tenant must make a request for the minor change in writing and the landlord must respond to this request within 21 days.