Residential Tenancies Act review 2019

Your house, My home: Rethinking renting in WA

Did you know that it has been more than 10 years since the rental laws in Western Australia have been reviewed? With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than ever are renting, and tenants are staying in the rental market for much longer periods. Maybe it's time for a change.

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Your house My Home logo, by Consumer Protection
 

It's time to rethink renting in Western Australia to ensure our laws meet the needs of tenants and the landlords who provide their housing, both now and into the future. We are reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) and we want to hear from you. 

Your views are important

We encourage you to take the time to read the detailed public consultation discussion paper in full and share your thoughts with us. There are a number of questions throughout the paper for consideration that may help you prepare your feedback.

Download full consultation paper

Short on time but still want to have your say?

Below we've summarised some of the more common topics of interest to tenants and landlords. Click each link to see a brief overview of the issue and possible options for change. Available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Korean and Vietnamese.

Before the tenancy

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RTA CRIS before icon, by Consumer Protection

 

During the tenancy

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Ending the tenancy

Dispute resolution and offences

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RTA CRIS dispute resolution icon, by Consumer Protection

Prefer all fact sheets in one document? 

We've grouped all fifteen into one PDF for easy downloading.  Download fact sheets complete set

Stories of renting in WA

We want to hear about personal experiences of renting a home in WA and will be showcasing stories throughout the consultation to encourage feedback to the review. Do you have a rental story to tell? Please share it with us. If you would like the information treated as confidential, please let us know. 

Please note the following stories have been generated from information provided to the department and are for the sole purpose of generating discussion on key issues in the rental marketplace. Where necessary, information has been de-identified. 

"Linda is a landlord whose tenant fell behind in her rent. Linda’s tenant told her she had been sick, and because she was a casual worker, she did not get paid for over a month. This meant she was behind in all of her bills but she promised to catch up. Linda was sympathetic to her tenant and agreed that she could catch up on the rent by paying a bit extra each week over the next two months. Unfortunately the tenant then lost her job and fell even further behind in her rent. After three months of not being employed, it became clear to Linda that her tenant could no longer afford the rental, so she issued the tenant with a breach notice and then a notice to terminate the tenancy. The tenant vacated the premises, but could not pay the rent. Linda made a claim on her landlord’s insurance because she was covered for non-payment of rent. But the insurer would not pay because it said that she had not terminated the tenancy at the earliest possible opportunity and therefore had voided her insurance cover."

As a landlord or property manager, have you experienced this? Tell us your story.

It's easy to have your say

We are keen to hear your feedback, your renting story and any issues you know about that affect your community, even if they're not related to topics addressed in the discussion paper. If it's important to you, it's important to us!

We invite you to submit your feedback by email to consultations@dmirs.wa.gov.au

or by post to

Residential Tenancies Act Consultation
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Consumer Protection Division)
Locked Bag 100
East Perth WA 6892

Submissions will be accepted up until 5pm, Friday 1 May 2020.

How your feedback will be used

Your feedback will help us understand your thoughts on tenancy in Western Australia and will help us develop policy that may be put into law. Submissions will be treated as public documents, unless explicitly requested otherwise.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as a public document, you should mark it as confidential, or specifically identify the confidential information, and include an explanation.

Please note, even if your submission is treated as confidential by Consumer Protection, it may still be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA), or any other applicable written law.

Consumer Protection reserves the right to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.

A summary of feedback will be released publicly after the consultation period has closed.

Enquiries

Enquiries can be made by calling the Consumer Protection Advice Line on 1300 304 054 or by email.

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