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In recent times we have seen an increase in online searches for information regarding whether a tenant is permitted to install security cameras in a rental property in NSW.
For all the of "less than clear" areas of NSW rental legislation, this particular question has actually been specifically addressed, although there are a number of conditions and a little research is required to see where!
Tenants' Ability To Make Changes of a "Minor Nature"
When the significant changes to NSW residential tenancy laws came into effect from 23 March 2020, Division 6 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 clarified the following:
This of course beckons the question "what are alterations, additions or renovations of a minor nature?". Is a security camera considered a minor alteration?
Is A Security Camera Considered a Minor Alteration?
Fortunately, Section 22 of the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 provides a list of the kinds of fixtures or alterations of a minor nature to which it would be unreasonable for a landlord to withhold consent. Within this list is included the following:
"(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."
So, if a tenant is interested in installing a wireless removable outdoor security camera, they are generally permitted to do so however:
We hope this post has provided some clarity around this frequently asked question. Further confirmation on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities in this area can be sought from NSW Fair Trading.
We provide expert property management in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Based in Charlestown NSW, we have been delighting property investors with our personal, professional service since 2011. If you found this article helpful or enjoyable, please subscribe or share it with someone else who may benefit.
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