Great news for tenants of residential rental properties

New changes to the Tenancy Act came into effect today (11 February). 

These changes will give tenants the ability to add minor fixes, changes and installations to their rented property – one’s that would normally require landlord consent.

These additions may include a variety of things such as visual fire alarms and doorbells, securing furniture to protect from earthquake risk or for baby proofing purposes.

It will even speed up the consenting process for renters when ordering fibre, as landlords will be required to permit and enable the installation of fibre broadband. 

Although you will still need to have conversations with your landlord to ensure they’re aware of the changes you’re making to the property, your landlord is required to give permission in most instances. There will be cases where your landlord may refuse your proposed plans, but these circumstances will be limited.

This is great news for Enable customers who may be stuck in the landlord consenting process.

For further information on the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 you can visit the government website here.