Tenancy Law 2020

Legislation: Residential Tenancy Regulations 2019

The purpose of the Residential Tenancy Regulations 2019 was to repeal and remake, with amendments, the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010. Below is an excerpt from the Residential Tenancy Regulations 2019: 


(1) For the purposes of section 66(2A)(a) of the Act, the following are kinds of fixtures or alterations, additions or renovations of a minor nature in relation to which it would be unreasonable for a landlord to withhold consent—

(a) securing furniture to a wall of premises, other than a tiled wall, if it is

necessary for the safe use of the furniture,

(b) fitting a childproof latch to an exterior gate of a single dwelling,

(c) inserting fly screens on windows,

(d) installing or replacing an internal window covering,

(e) installing cleats or cord guides to secure blind or curtain cords,

(f) installing child safety gates inside the premises,

(g) installing window safety devices for child safety,

(h) installing hand-held showerheads or lever-style taps for the purpose of assisting elderly or disabled people,

(i) installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings, picture frames, and other similar items,

(j) installing a carriage service for connecting a phone line or accessing the internet and any facility or customer equipment associated with the provision of the service,

(k) planting vegetables, flowers, herbs or shrubs if—

(i) existing vegetation or plants do not need to be removed, and

(ii) for shrubs—the shrubs will not grow to more than 2 metres in height,

(l) installing, on the residential premises to which the residential tenancy agreement relates, a wireless removable outdoor security camera, (Note. The Surveillance Devices Act 2007 regulates the installation, use and maintenance of surveillance devices.)

(m) applying shatter-resistant film to windows or glass doors,

(n) making a modification that does not penetrate a surface, or permanently modify a surface, fixture or the structure of the premises.

(2) For the purposes of section 66(2A)(b) of the Act, a fixture, or alteration, addition or renovation specified in subclause (1)(h) or (j) may be conditional on the fixture only being installed, or the alteration, addition or renovation only being carried out, by a person appropriately qualified to install a fixture, or carry out alterations, additions or renovations, of that kind.

(3) However, this clause does not apply—

(a) to premises under a residential tenancy agreement that comprise or include a lot in a strata scheme if the fixtures or alterations, additions or renovations—

(i) affect the common property, other than a prescribed fixture, or alteration,

addition or renovation that is cosmetic work (within the meaning of

section 109(2) of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015), or

(ii) would contravene the by-laws made for the strata scheme, or

(b) to premises under a residential tenancy agreement that comprise or include a site in a residential community within the meaning of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 if the fixtures or alterations, additions, or renovations—

(i) affect a common area, or

(ii) would contravene the community rules made for the community, or

(c) to premises listed on the LFAI Register, or

(d) to premises that are a heritage item.

(4) Subclause (1)(g) does not apply in relation to premises under a residential tenancy agreement that comprise or include a lot in a strata scheme.

(5) Subclause (1)(l) does not apply in relation to social housing premises.

(6) In this clause—

common area has the same meaning as in the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.

community rules has the same meaning as in the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.

furniture includes bookcases, drawers, wardrobes, sideboards and televisions.

window covering includes curtains and removable blinds.


You can find the full version of the Residential Tenancy Regulations 2019 on the NSW Government Legislation website.  If you have any questions on the current residential tenancy regulations, get in touch with your Property Manager, who will be able to assist you.

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