Tenants and housing transformation

Tenants and housing transformation

In principle, the law stipulates that the tenant must not transform the accommodation or the equipment rented in the written agreement of the owner. What is it exactly? We invite you to discover the rights and duties of the tenant in detail.

What is meant by transformation work?

First of all, you should know that the lessor cannot oppose development works and that only transformation works require an agreement from the rental owner. But then what is it when we talk about transformation work? It turns out that the law does not define it in its texts and that it is therefore necessary to delve into the jurisprudence to define its contours. You will then learn that changing wall or floor coverings, for example, is not one of them and that this fits into the development work. On the other hand, everything related to the structure of the accommodation is taken into account as transformation work. To put it simply, you cannot make new openings in the walls, knock down a partition, enlarge a room or change the configuration of the premises (by moving the bathroom for example) without asking the owner's agreement. In fact, all works that generate a change of form are subject to authorization. Be aware that this is also the case in the garden if you plan for example to cut the trees in the garden.

The lessor's agreement

You will understand, the transformation work must give rise to a consultation and an agreement with the owner. You will then have to make a written agreement to avoid any misunderstandings later. Likewise, you will also have to consider the end of the lease specifying the solution chosen concerning the work at the end of the lease. Please note that you can either confirm that the lessor will compensate for the work to reimburse the added value provided to the property or, on the contrary, that the tenant will restore the premises to its condition at his expense. Note that if you do not agree in the written document, the owner will choose the solution he wants at the end of your lease. It is therefore essential to discuss this with the owner beforehand in order to avoid additional costs when you leave the accommodation.

Work without agreement

If, despite everything, you decide to carry out conversion work without the prior written consent of your lessor, you are exposed to some inconveniences. Indeed, at the time of the tenant's departure, the landlord can require the restoration at the expense of the tenant or he can keep for his benefit the transformations carried out without compensation for the tenant. In addition, if the work carried out jeopardizes the operation of the equipment or the security of the rental, the lessor may demand the immediate restoration of the accommodation, all at the tenant's expense. Before work, therefore take into account the possible issues to avoid disagreements.