There may be instances when your tenant requests to make alterations or additions to your property to make it more “livable” for them. They may only do so with the Landlord’s approval.
Before giving the tenant your approval, consider the long-term effects of the alteration to the value of your property.
Before any alteration or addition of fixtures are carried out, the following should be established first:
- Request should be put in writing
- The nature of the fixture or alterations should be described
- Include information as to how the fixture can be removed or how the property can be restored back to its former state if need be
As Landlord, it is worth considering your tenant’s needs and comfort. On the other hand, tenants must also keep in mind the property’s value in the long-term.
Landlords have the right to refuse a tenant’s request for alterations. In the event that the tenant feels like the Landlord is being unreasonable for withholding consent, they may apply to the Tribunal for an order allowing alteration or installation of the fixture to the property.
In the event an alteration was made without the Landlord’s consent, you can opt to take legal action by applying to the Tribunal. If the appeal is successful, the fixture may be removed and you may receive compensation.
Alternatively, instead of treating it as a breach, the Landlord can waive the change or the fixture installation and treat it as a property improvement instead.
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