Landlady to pay $11,907 for illegally changing locks: Landlord bulletin issue 8 (July 2017)
28 July 2017
Landlady illegally changes locks on sick elderly tenant (Marlene Pavlovich)
A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and changed the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court.
On 30 June 2017, Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty of contravening two offences under the Residential Tenancies Act by:
- entering and taking possession of a rental property in North Fremantle without a court order; and
- changing the locks without the consent of the tenant, and without a reasonable excuse.
Ms Pavlovich was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $8,907 in costs. For more information read the media release.
This is a reminder that all owners of rental properties are required to know the tenancy laws that apply in Western Australia and to ensure they are followed without exception.
There are strict laws which govern the owner’s access to a rental property while it is subject to a tenancy agreement. They are necessary in order to give the tenant peace of mind and to allow them the quiet enjoyment of their rented home without undue harassment by the owner.