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Urgent repairs fall into two categories: essential services and other urgent repairs. A suitable repairer must be found within a reasonable timeframe. There are some times when a tenant may need to arrange for the repairer. Essential services Essential services are listed in the Residential...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The laws relating to rent increases vary and will depend on the type of tenancy: Periodic tenancy In a periodic tenancy (no pre-determined finish date) rent may not be increased within the first six months of the tenancy. After that, increases can occur at six-monthly intervals (but no sooner) and...
Rent and other payments
Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed: Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished. Only one person is...
Having problems with renting a home?
Western Australia's residential tenancy laws changed in 2013. Three information videos are available to help you understand the laws. Part one: Getting started Part two: Moving in Part three: Ending a tenancy Getting started Getting started covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy...
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Arrive for the hearing on time or a little earlier. Let a court official know you are there, then go to the waiting room. Remain within hearing distance of the court room. If you are not there when your case is called, it could start without you and the magistrate might make an order which may not...
Having problems with renting a home?
Obvious maintenance and repair issues should be noted in the property condition report which is required to be completed by the landlord/lessor when the tenant moves into and out of the property. Tenants must keep the property reasonably clean and are expected to hand it back in a similar condition...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The magistrate usually conducts the hearing in the following way (except in the case of a Form 6 application for a bond dispute, where the owner always proceeds first): The applicant tells their story (evidence) and presents any documents in support of their case. Then the respondent questions (...
Having problems with renting a home?
Whether you win or lose in court may depend on whether you followed the correct procedures in handling the dispute from the beginning to the court stage, and how thorough you are in preparing your evidence. Make sure you have records of all notices, receipts and other relevant documents that will...
Having problems with renting a home?
Applications must be made to the court closest to the rented premises, unless the parties in the dispute agree to a different arrangement. Check with the court as to how this can be done. The address of the court where the hearing will take place is shown on a form, which will be sent to you. Court...
Having problems with renting a home?
A glossary for residential tenancies Assign the premises : To transfer rights to occupy the premises and associated responsibilities to another person. Bond: Money paid by the tenant and held by the Bond Administrator as security against damage to the premises. Breach of agreement: The breaking of...
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There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
04 Oct 2017
FORM 1A - Notice of Termination for Non-payment of Rent RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 1987 (WA) - Section 61(a) NOTE : This form is ONLY to be used if not less than 14 days notice of breach of the...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
17 Sep 2014
Breach Notice for Non-payment of Rent - Form 21
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014
Residential tenancy databases are often used by lessors (landlords) and property managers to check an applicant’s tenancy history and improve their chances of finding a reliable tenant. Under the...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014
Notice of proposed entry to premises (Form19) There are a number of circumstances in which a lessor may enter the premises. For certain types of proposed entry, you must use Form 19 - Notice of...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
11 Aug 2017
Commercial Tenancy Agreements Act 1985 - Section 7 Notice of Election that Rent be Determined by Reference to Turnover Form 2
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014
Please use the online variation of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then you can download and complete the pdf form on this page. Real...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
23 Jun 2016
Please use the online lodgement of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then y ou can download and complete the pdf form on this page. Real...
Consumer Protection
Form – registration
23 Jun 2016
Please use the online joint application for disposal of security bond form to complete and print the form. If you are unable to use the online system then you can download and complete the pdf form...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
23 Jun 2016
Periodic Site-only Agreement (Residential Parks)
Consumer Protection
Form – agreement
30 May 2014

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