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REIWA's submission for the review of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) has been lodged with the WA Government.
REIWA consulted widely through our membership and the public. We conducted extensive surveys of more than 1,000 property managers, lessors, and tenants.
The results showed that overall, the current system is working well. Rents are generally affordable, and lessors have adequate safeguards to protect their investment.
Our goal throughout the review will be to ensure the rights of both lessors and tenants are protected to ensure an ongoing supply of rental properties, keeping rents affordable and investment attractive.
Our key advocacy objectives are to:
Maintain the right to choose between a fixed or periodic tenancy.
Preserve a lessor’s rights to end a periodic tenancy without grounds, if necessary.
Encourage pets in rental properties without limiting a lessor’s right to determine suitability of the property.
Ensure compliance with current housing standards without creating additional red tape.
Protect both lessors’ and tenants’ interest by requiring consent before modification to a property.
Handle disputes quickly, fairly, and efficiently in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Maintain the current hardship provision for those seeking to break-lease.
View REIWA’s submission
The Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 and Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act were recently passed through Parliament and will be implemented from 30 March until 30 September 2020 – however may be extended or reduced at any time.
Passing of these Acts means a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions are now law for those who are experiencing financial distress due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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