Fixtures and structural changes

Changes to Queensland rental laws came into effect from 6 June 2024. Learn more about the changes and what they mean for you. 

Fixtures are objects attached to, or installed in, the rental property.

Examples: picture hooks, locks, clotheslines, cable TV connections, window awnings, air conditioners, electric vehicle chargers, above ground pools and fencing, carpets, TV antennas, satellite dishes, ramps and grab rails (disability requirements).

Getting approval

The tenant can only attach a fixture, or make a structural change, if the property manager/owner agrees.

Requests for approval should be in writing and should describe the change and if the fixture will be removed. It can be included as a special term in the tenancy agreement.

Any written agreement must:

  • detail the type of fixture to be attached/installed
  • include any agreed terms
  • specify if the tenant can remove the fixture
  • if removal is agreed specify when and how it is to be done
  • if there is damage during removal specify how it will be repaired and if compensation will be paid
  • if removal is not agreed specify compensation to the tenant for any improvement made to the property

Body corporate – units, townhouses, apartments 

If the rental property is part of a community title scheme, such as a unit, townhouse or apartment, permission may also be required from the body corporate to add any fixture to the exterior of the building, balcony, walls or ceilings, or to change an appearance of a lot within the complex.

Tenant fails to get approval

If a tenant installs a fixture without written permission, the property manager/owner can ask them to pay to reinstate the property to the original condition, or they can keep it as an improvement to the property.

Consent not given

The property manager/owner does not have to agree to the fixture if they give a good reason.

Example: the installation would cause too much damage to the property.

Responsibility for the fixture

If a fixture is attached or installed by the property manager/owner, it becomes part of the property and they must ensure it is in a good state of repair. If the tenant installs or attaches the fixture, they are responsible for maintaining it.

Any added fixtures or structures should meet all relevant local and state laws.