• SCA (Vic)

Modifications to Property

Modifications which can be made without residential rental provider’s consent


For the purposes of section 64(1) of the Act, the following modifications are prescribed

(a) in a rented premises that is not a registered place

(i) installation of picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on surfaces other than brick walls; and

(ii) installation of wall anchoring devices on surfaces other than brick walls to secure items of furniture; and

(iii) installation of LED light globes which do not require new light fittings; and

(iv) replacement of halogen or compact fluorescent lamps; and

(v) installation of blind or cord anchors;

(b) in all rented premises


(Modifications which can be made without residential rental provider’s consent


For the purposes of section 64(1) of the Act, the following modifications are prescribed

(a) in a rented premises that is not a registered place

(i) installation of picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on surfaces other than brick walls; and

(ii) installation of wall anchoring devices on surfaces other than brick walls to secure items of furniture; and

(iii) installation of LED light globes which do not require new light fittings; and

(iv) replacement of halogen or compact fluorescent lamps; and

(v) installation of blind or cord anchors;

(b) in all rented premises—

(i) replacement of curtains if the original curtains are retained; and

(ii) installation of adhesive child safety locks on drawers and doors.


Modifications for which residential rental provider must not unreasonably refuse consent


For the purposes of section 64(1B)(h) of the Act, the following modifications are prescribed

(a) installation of picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on brick walls;

(b) installation of wall anchoring devices on brick walls to secure items of furniture;

(c) draughtproofing in homes without open flued gas heating, including installing weather seals, caulking or gap filling around windows, doors, skirting and floorboards;

(d) installation of low flow shower heads where the original is retained;

(e) installation of non-permanent window film for insulation and reduced heat transfer;

(f) installation by a qualified person of a security system which does not impact on the privacy of neighbours if an invoice with the name of the installer is provided to the residential rental provider;

(g) installation of flyscreens on doors and windows;

(h) installation of a vegetable or herb garden;

(i) any modification which contributes to the conservation of a registered place and is proposed to be undertaken in accordance with Part 5 of the Heritage Act 2017.


The meaning of ‘urgent repairs’ has been expanded to include:


• any work necessary to repair or remedy:

• a failure or breakdown of a cooling appliance or service provided by the rental provider

• a failure or breakdown of any safety related devices, including a smoke alarm or pool fence

• any fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure, including a pest infestation or the presence of mould or damp caused by or related to the building structure.i) replacement of curtains if the original curtains are retained; and

(ii) installation of adhesive child safety locks on drawers and doors.


Modifications for which residential rental provider must not unreasonably refuse consent


For the purposes of section 64(1B)(h) of the Act, the following modifications are prescribed


(a) installation of picture hooks or screws for wall mounts, shelves or brackets on brick walls;

(b) installation of wall anchoring devices on brick walls to secure items of furniture;

(c) draughtproofing in homes without open flued gas heating, including installing weather seals, caulking or gap filling around windows, doors, skirting and floorboards;

(d) installation of low flow shower heads where the original is retained;

(e) installation of non-permanent window film for insulation and reduced heat transfer;

(f) installation by a qualified person of a security system which does not impact on the privacy of neighbours if an invoice with the name of the installer is provided to the residential rental provider;

(g) installation of flyscreens on doors and windows;

(h) installation of a vegetable or herb garden;

(i) any modification which contributes to the conservation of a registered place and is proposed to be undertaken in accordance with Part 5 of the Heritage Act 2017.


The meaning of ‘urgent repairs’ has been expanded to include:

• any work necessary to repair or remedy:

•a failure or breakdown of a cooling appliance or service provided by the rental provider

• a failure or breakdown of any safety related devices, including a smoke alarm or pool fence

• any fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure, including a pest infestation or the presence of mould or damp caused by or related to the building structure.

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