• Residential Tenancies Act 

    Review of the Residential Tenancies Act

    The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is being reviewed which provides the opportunity to create positive and effective outcomes for not only tenants, but landlords and real estate professionals too.

    By rethinking how we view renting and working together we can ensure all West Australians have access to reliable and affordable rental properties.

    REIWA will be advocating strongly for changes that benefit tenants, landlords and property managers to create a better rental market for everyone in WA.

    Affixing furniture

    On 15 October 2019 the WA government offically passed the Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 has been formally passed which amends the Residential Tenancies Act and allows renters to fix furniture to walls.

    REIWA strongly believe that tenants should be able to affix furniture to the walls to increase the safety of children and infants and we have been working towards these changes for some time.   

    Through our collaboration with the WA Government and various stakeholder groups, REIWA is proud to have secured vital safeguards that ensure any damages incurred would be rectified or compensated for at the end of a lease and special provisions have been put in place for heritage listed properties.

    REIWA also raised concerns over the fixing of furniture in cases where doing so would disturb asbestos and in strata schemes where by-laws prohibit the affixing of furniture to the walls of the premises. It is pleasing to see these inclusions have been included which protect both the tenant and landlord. 

    For more information, visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.

    Residential Tenancies Act (Family Violence) Amendment Bill 2018 

    On 20 February 2019, the WA Government officially passed the Residential Tenancies Act (Family Violence) Amendment Bill designed to help victims of family violence leave tenancies in which they were unsafe. These amendments officially came into effect on 15 April 2019. 

    REIWA supports any policy measures that helps West Australians when most in need. As an industry, it's important that we do our bit to support those looking to escape family and domestic violence. 

    For more information about these changes view: