2021 Victorian Rental Reforms - FAQ Guide - Page 9

MODIFICATIONS

MODIFICATIONS

Question Answer
What modifications can be made by renters without the permission of rental providers ?
Please see our Rental Reforms Overview booklet , or visit consumer . vic . gov . au
A security system of up to what value can be installed without the rental provider ’ s consent ?
There is no value included with this permitted modification . However , it must not impact the privacy of neighbours , it must be easily removed from the rented premises , and it can ’ t be hardwired to the rented premises .
What painting can be done without the rental provider ’ s consent ?
The regulations on specifying that painting is permitted with no guidelines . We recommend that this is discussed with the renter prior to the works being completed .
Do the renters pay for these modifications or rental provider ?
The renter is required to pay for these modifications . They are also required to remove any alterations at the end of the rental agreement and return the property to the rental provider in the same state as provided to them ( allowing for fair wear and tear ).
Do renters need to remove all modifications ?
​If modifications improve the property , the rental provider can choose to allow the renter to leave the improvement and not remove it before leaving .
​If modifications aren ’ t re-instated , how will bond cover this ?
The rental provider can request an additional bond as a condition of accepting the modifications proposed by the renter .
​Can renters paint an entire home without approval ?
No - the renter needs the approval to paint the property ; however , it is unlikely that a renter will want to paint an entire house unless the paintwork is in poor condition .