|Proposed Major Review to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), Consumer Protection Division WA
From the Desk of the General Manager
Consumer Protection is considering a major review of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). They have produced discussion papers covering each of the areas they are considering making changes to. We strongly urge our owner and tenants to have their say by 1st May 2020.
Here are some of my comments in regards to these 15 review points:
1. Pets: Does the law about keeping pets in rental premises need to change?
2. Landlord disclosure: Should a landlord have to give certain information to a tenant before a tenancy agreement is signed?
3. Tenancy applications: Should the Residential Tenancies Act safeguard a tenant’s privacy?
4. Long term tenancies: How can we encourage landlords to offer tenants longer leases? This is a negotiation and choice between owner and tenant. There is nothing stopping longer leases – generally neither parties want to commit for over 12-24 months.
5. Register of landlords: Should all landlords be required to register with Consumer Protection?
6. Rent increases: Should there be a change to how often rent can be increased? Should rent increases be capped?
7. Repairs and maintenance: How do we ensure landlords do repairs and maintenance to their property?
8. Making changes to the property: Should a tenant be allowed to make certain changes to the property without a landlord’s permission?
9. No grounds termination: Should “no grounds” termination by landlords be removed from the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA)?
10. When Landlords need to end a periodic tenancy: Should the landlord be allowed to terminate a periodic tenancy agreement if the status of the tenant or the landlord changes?
11. Should a tenant be allowed to terminate a fixed-term tenancy agreement?
12. Abandoned goods: Should a landlord be allowed to sell or donate abandoned goods?
13. Making a claim on the bond: Should claims on the bond be made easier for landlords and tenants?
14. Resolving disputes: Is there a better way to resolve tenancy disputes than going to court?
15. Rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords: Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities fairly?
Given the importance of this major review, we highly recommend that you write in and express your views on these proposed changes by May 1, 2020. Please share this message to those who may be affected by the changes so that we can secure the best possible effect on the upcoming amendments. Don't miss out on this chance.