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The WA Government has extended the emergency period until 28 March 2021, meaning that the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19
Response) Act 2020 continues to apply to all tenancies regardless of whether the tenant is financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or not.
The decision to extend the emergency period in its current form, is short sighted and will create further problems for landlords and tenants in 2021.
It appears that the government has used the pandemic as an opportunity to interfere in the rental market by effectively introducing rent control and meddling in the free market economy.
This decision shows that the government is totally out of touch with what is happening in the market, which is why REIWA is calling on the WA Government to ease the criteria so that tenants and landlords can access some much-needed relief.
As a landlord, all it takes is a few simple steps for change to take place.
Copy and paste the below template letter into an email.
Insert your name at the end of the letter in your email and insert the relevant MP’s name into the address line.
You can find your local member by searching your electorate into the spread sheet below.
MP email addresses
Copy and paste the following subject header into your email:
WA landlords call for urgent review of the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19
Response) Act 2020
Be sure to include the Premier, Minister for Commerce and the Treasurer's email address into the recipient area in your email: [email protected]; [email protected]au; [email protected].
As a landlord, you deserve a fair go during COVID-19 so encourage others to have their say and let’s all be heard together as one.
REIWA understand that there are quite a few landlords out there who are struggling with the extension, which is why we are calling on everyone to tell us their story.
Please email [email protected] with your information on how you are experiencing the current rental situation and we could potentially use it as a case study within our campaign.
If you have been impacted by the extension of the emergency period and need assistance, please call the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety's landlord hotline on 1300 304 054.
Alternatively below are some more resources from which may assist: