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Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (No. 82 of 1997)
Requested:  22 Oct 2014
Consolidated as at:  11 Jan 2005

57. Locks and security devices

      (1) The owner of residential premises is to ensure that during a residential tenancy agreement –

(a) the premises are fitted with locks and any other security devices that are necessary to secure the premises; and

(b) those locks and security devices are maintained during the period of the residential tenancy agreement.

      (1A) [Section 57 Subsection (1A) inserted by No. 49 of 2003, s. 21, Applied:25 Aug 2004] In the case of boarding premises, each room is to be fitted with a lock and any other device that is necessary to secure the boarding premises.

      (1B) [Section 57 Subsection (1B) inserted by No. 67 of 2003, s. 24, Applied:05 Mar 2004] A tenant of residential premises may apply to the Court for an order requiring the owner of the premises to comply with subsection (1).

      (2) Any party to a residential tenancy agreement must not add, alter or remove any lock or other security device without –

(a) the permission of the other party; or

(b) an order under subsection (4).

      (3) [Section 57 Subsection (3) amended by No. 53 of 2003, Sched. 1, Applied:25 Sep 2003] A party to a residential tenancy agreement may apply to the Court for an order authorising that party to alter, add or remove any lock or other security device.

      (4) [Section 57 Subsection (4) amended by No. 53 of 2003, Sched. 1, Applied:25 Sep 2003] The Court may make the order if satisfied that it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.

      (5) If a party to a residential tenancy agreement alters or adds any lock or other security device, that party is to provide the other party with a copy of the key, opening device or information required to open the lock or security device.


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