Seven Days' Notice
New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force.
A tenant can end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court.
Also, If a perpetrator is named on a lease a tenant can make an application to the courts to have them removed from the tenancy agreement which was not possible previously.
Other key changes will allow tenants affected by family and domestic violence to:
- Make a rental home safer through lock changes or security upgrades;
- Sort out disputes about property damage, unpaid rent or bonds; and
- Seek removal from, or avoid being listed on, a tenancy database if the listing was because of domestic violence.
Shelter WA, Tenancy WA, WACOSS and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence joined forces to advocate for the swift passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018
“This law reform is an important outcome for victims of family and domestic violence,” said Shelter WA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Mackenzie.
“These laws will enable victims to have greater choice and control through more safe and secure housing options."
"We are enabling property managers and landlords to do the right thing and, in the process, hope there will be a reduction in damage to rental homes and less abandonments of premises because the changes allow either party to remain on a lease,” said WA Attorney-General John Quigley.
"A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure these laws can be applied practically, including consultation with the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia who are supportive of the introduction of these new laws and are assisting Consumer Protection to educate property professionals and landlords."
More information is available at www.safetenancy.wa.gov.au.
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