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The Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act
2020 was 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 this Act means a moratorium on residential
evictions is now law for those who are experiencing financial distress due to
the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you are a landlord, this might be a difficult time
as you too may be struggling financially and require the incoming rent to pay
your mortgage and bills for your property.
A key thing to remember is that this is a mortarium on
evictions, not rent. A tenant is still required to pay rent and if they are
unable to due to COVID-19, they (unless otherwise agreed) will have to pay it
back at a later date.
A rental assistance package from the State Government
of four weeks rent up to $2,000 has recently been implemented and the tenant
may qualify for this program.
If the tenant genuinely cannot pay the rent in full,
both you and the tenant may agree on a temporary plan, called a rent repayment
agreement which outlines the agreed temporary changes.
If an agreement cannot be reached both you and the
tenant will have a conciliation meeting conducted by the Commissioner for
Consumer Protection in the first instance rather than attending Magistrates
If your tenant has caused damage to your property, is
posing a threat to you or their neighbours, or refusing to make a rent payment
not associated with COVID-19, they can still have their lease terminated.
Tenants experiencing COVID-19 financial hardship who
end a fixed-term tenancy prior to its end date will not incur break lease fees
– however they will still be liable for any damage to the property and rent
If a fixed-term tenancy was due to expire during this
time, the tenancy cannot be terminated but rather it will be converted to a
periodical tenancy unless another fixed-term agreement is entered into and rent
increases are not permitted.
Additionally, an owner does not have to conduct
non-urgent repairs if you are experiencing financial hardship or can’t access
the premises due to the current movement restrictions.
For a detailed breakdown of the changes, view our frequently asked questions.
Alternatively the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's website has more information.
If you are still unsure how these changes will impact
you as an owner, reach out to your REIWA property manager, who will be able to
talk you through these.