Tenant guide renting a home in WA

Renting a home in Western Australia - a tenants guide

If you are currently renting a home in Western Australia, or currently considering it, this guide will help you to avoid common renting pitfalls and enjoy a harmonious and lawful relationship with the lessor/property manager or agent.

This guide doesn’t take the place of the Act, nor does it cover everything, but it will give you a good working knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as a lessor of a residential rental property. The term ‘lessor’ is used in this guide to describe the person who is renting out the property. This person is commonly known as the ‘landlord’.

Please note: The laws referred to throughout this guide do not relate to the following:

  • boarders/lodgers;
  • holiday accommodation;
  • most long-stay caravan and park home residents (see ‘Caravan and park home residents’, page 3);
  • hotels/motels;
  • colleges;
  • educational institutions (unless a for-profit organisation prescribes the accommodation);
  • hospitals/nursing homes/clubs; or
  • certain homes for aged or disabled persons.

If you have any doubts about whether your rental situation is covered by the Act please contact the Consumer Protection Advice Line on 1300 30 40 54 for the cost of a local call.

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Last updated 06 Feb 2023

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