Update on the review of residential tenancy laws in Western Australia - Tenants bulletin 42
8 June 2023
Update on the review of residential tenancy laws in Western Australia
Consumer Protection has reviewed the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) to identify changes that adapt to the tenancy market.
Changes arising out of this review will occur in stages.
The Government has endorsed proceeding with the following proposed changes that will likely be of interest to you as a tenant:
- Tenants will be allowed to keep pets unless there are reasonable grounds for the landlord to refuse;
- Rent increases will be limited to once every 12 months;
- Tenants will be able to make minor modifications with landlord consent;
- Landlords and tenants will be able to separately apply for release of the bond;
- Most bond and pet disputes will be referrable to the Commissioner for Consumer Protection instead of the Magistrates Court; and
- Landlords and agents will not be allowed to encourage rent bidding.
The Government has decided not to proceed with the proposal to remove ‘without grounds termination’ at present because of current market conditions.
Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (‘D-RIS 1’)
The proposed changes are in a report titled “Decision Regulatory Impact Statement – A review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)” (D-RIS 1) which is available on our website.
Please note: D-RIS 1 does not change current tenancy laws; it only details recommendations for law changes. Legislation must first be drafted and then approved by Parliament. Changes will occur over time, and may not occur all at once.
What happens next?
We will continue to consult with key stakeholders including tenants, Circle Green Community Legal, Shelter WA and the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia about the Government’s decisions.
We will keep you updated.
To keep up to date on the Residential Tenancies Act review you can visit our website.
If you have any questions about the review, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.