RTA review fact sheet - Rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords


COVID-19 coronavirus notice

The deadline for submissions to the Residential Tenancies Act Consultation has been extended to 30 June 2020This extension aims to ensure all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to provide a submission, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and reponsibilities fairly?

Possible options

  • Make it an offence under the RTA for a tenant to wilfully damage the property.
  • Provide options for the landlord if a tenant is repeatedly late in paying their rent.
  • Provide options for the tenant or landlord if either party repeatedly breaches the tenancy agreement.

Tell us what you think...

  • If the RTA is amended to allow a landlord to terminate a tenancy agreement if the tenant is repeatedly late in paying the rent, how many times should the tenant be late in paying the rent before this option could apply?
  • Would there be any benefit in amending the RTA to include an offence if the tenant wilfully damages the property? Why or why not?
  • Are there better remedies for a tenant if the landlord breaches the tenancy agreement other than termination?

It's easy to have your say!

To submit feedback: consultations@dmirs.wa.gov.au

For more information about the RTA review: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/tenancyreview or ring 1300 304 054

Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
Last updated 23 Apr 2020

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