We had a question from a landlord about whether or not it was okay for a tenant to modify the rental property.

There are two instances in which a tenant can modify a property.

The first instance is when there’s an urgent repair, a tenant has the right to make modifications to a property to make it safe, to make it secure and fix anything that needs fixing of an urgent nature. And those urgent things are clearly specified in the lease agreement and in the Residential Tenancies Act.


The second situation where a tenant can modify a rental property is when they have the express written permission from the landlord. So if a tenant is having a conversation with the landlord face to face, the landlord should really just say to the tenant, look, put your request in writing and I’ll answer it.


So they’re the only two instances in which a tenant can modify a rental property.


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