Shelter WA discusses Residential Tenancies Act with Minister

Shelter WA staff members recently met Commerce Minister Bill Johnston to discuss the Residential Tenancies Act (1987).

The meeting, on Thursday September 21, provided an opportunity for discussions about the WA State government's commitment to deliver its priorities on housing, rental affordability and ending homelessness through tenancy reform.

Mr Johnston confirmed to staff members that the amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act (1987), Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) provisions were a key government priority, with the Minister expecting to progress a Cabinet Submission.

He also explained that greater protection for borders and lodgers would also be progressed after the FDV amendments while confirming the five-year review of the RTA would begin in 2018.

Shelter WA brought to the Minister’s attention the impact of the use of Section 64 notifications (termination by lessor without any grounds) on tenants and the work of tenant education and advisory services. Mr Johnston asked for further information about the issue, which Shelter WA will progress with key stakeholders.

Sustained funding for tenant advisory and education services was also talked about and Mr Johnston flagged that he was looking at sustainable funding options, but was conscious of the State’s fiscal position.

Also discussed was if a tribunal would be more effective than the Magistrates Court for tenancy disputes.

For further information on the meeting please contact shelterwa@shelterwa.org.au.

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, is the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement. 

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