• 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

    Following tragic circumstances in NSW, the WA Government reviewed the Residential Tenancies Act to allow furniture to be fixed to walls to protect small children.

    REIWA was supportive of the move provided any damages would be rectified or compensated for at the end of a lease and called for special provisions for heritage listed properties. 

    REIWA also raised concerns over the fixing of furniture in cases where doing so would disrupt asbestos and in strata schemes where by-laws prohibit the affixing of furniture to the walls of the premises.

    REWA is delighted to announce that the Department of Mines, Industry Safety and Regulation has confirmed that these exemptions have been included in the later drafts of the legislation.
      The amendment is currently waiting approval from the Legislative Council before it can be put into place. 

      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. 

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