Family and domestic violence updates, gas heater safety alert correction, and it's tax scam time! - Tenants bulletin issue 7
30 May 2019
Family and domestic violence tenancy laws
On April 15 tenancy laws came into effect that assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV).
In case you missed it, there’s a wealth of information for tenants and landlords about the FDV laws at www.safetenancy.wa.gov.au.
If you want to use the tenancy laws to leave a tenancy for family violence reasons and you need help, contact Consumer Protection on 1300 304 054 or your local Community Legal Centre.
Updated tenancy form
Last month we provided a list of helpful forms and publications for tenants that were updated to include the options available under the FDV laws.
Since then we've also updated Form 22 – Notice of Termination from Tenant to Lessor to accommodate FDV situations. You might need to use this form if your landlord notifies you that another tenant on your fixed-term lease is leaving due to FDV circumstances. You will have the choice to either stay and continue the tenancy or leave with 21 days' minimum notice.
Did you know? We have a treasure trove of information, commonly used forms and helpful publications for tenants regarding all aspects of renting a home in WA.
And for detailed rental information on the go, check out the iRentWA app. Designed specifically for tenants, the app is also available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Korean and Vietnamese. Download today from Google Play or the App Store.
Gas heaters safety alert correction
The national safety alert issued for open-flued gas heaters last month has been corrected as follows:
- Regency F38 and FG38 supplied by Fireplace Products Australia Pty Ltd – natural gas models only. The F38/FG38 was branded and supplied by Masport prior to 2006.
Consumers with the Regency i31, F38 or FG38 should contact Fireplace Products Australia on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 860 660. Masport can be contacted at 1300 554 155 in relation to pre-2006 F38 or FG38 models.
It's tax time! Don't get scammed at EOFY
WA consumers and businesses are being warned to be alert to tax scams which are usually prevalent in the months before and after the end of the financial year.
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