Reader Question

“Can a landlord claim a tenant fixture as his property when the lease expires and is not renewed?” – Michael

tenant fixture

What happens to a fixture you install?

We asked Principal at Ray White South Perth, Lisa Kerr, for her advice:

“Hi Michael. If it is something you have placed in the property with the owner’s permission and it is clear you will remove it when you leave and patch any damage, then they can’t claim it as theirs,” Lisa said.

“This is why a Property Condition Report is very important at the beginning of the lease agreement.”

Lisa said that even if you were in arrears and the owner was keeping it as compensation,  this is not the way to do it.

“He should follow the Residential Tenancy Act – which you can do also. Check with the Department of Commerce on 1300 853 829 regarding your specific situation.”

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Lisa Kerr
Lisa Kerr
Former Owner/Licensee at Ray White South Perth | [email protected]

Lisa Kerr was the Owner/Licensee of Ray White South Perth in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020. After completing a Certificate IV in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Lisa moved into property management. She worked with Access Property Management and John Hayes and Son before moving into a corporate role at Ray White. She retired in 2020.