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Examples of minor changes to the property

  • curtains
  • visual fire alarms and doorbells
  • baby-proofing, e.g. a baby gate
  • earthquake-proofing, e.g. securing a bookshelf to the wall.

Tenant responsibilities for making a minor change

  • Make the request to the landlord in writing.
  • Receive landlord’s permission (which must be within 21 days) before making the minor change to the property (the landlord can ask to extend the timeframe).
  • Pay the installation costs (unless otherwise agreed with the landlord).
  • At the end of the tenancy, remove the fitting that was installed (unless landlord agrees it can stay).
  • Return the property to substantially the same condition it was in before the minor change was made.

Download the request to make a change to the property template [PDF, 43 KB]

Landlord responsibilities for making a minor change

  • Respond in writing within 21 days of receiving the tenant’s request to say whether the change is considered minor or not. 
  • If the change is minor, give written permission within 21 days.
  • If the change is considered more than minor and more time is needed to consider the request, give the tenant written notice stating that the 21 days will be extended by a reasonable time.
  • Landlords must not decline minor changes but may set reasonable conditions.

Download the response to a request to make a change to the property template [PDF, 50 KB]

Definition of a minor change to the property

A minor change is defined as any fixture, renovation, alteration or addition to the property that:

  • has a low risk of damage to the property
  • can be easily reversed (property can be returned to substantially the same condition)
  • doesn’t pose a risk to health and safety
  • doesn’t compromise the structural integrity, weathertightness or character of the property
  • doesn’t affect anyone’s enjoyment or use of the property
  • doesn’t require regulatory consent
  • doesn’t breach any regulatory rules.
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