Comment sought for WA tenancy law changes

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Staff Reporter

Property managers, owners and tenants have around six weeks to comment on proposed changes to tenancy laws in Western Australia.

“The changes to residential tenancy laws are designed to create a fairer and more efficient rental marketplace, so it’s important that interested groups and individuals view the consultation paper and provide us with their feedback before the regulations are finalised,” commissioner for Consumer Protection, Anne Driscoll, said.

“This feedback will assist in developing regulations that meet the needs of both tenants and landlords and are expected to be in place by the end of the year.”

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act was passed by state parliament in November 2011 and the WA Consumer Protection department is in the process of drafting regulations to support the new laws.

Ms Driscoll has urged those who may wish to make a contribution to view the consultation paper online.

The consultation paper addresses five key areas:

•    the content of the mandatory residential tenancy agreement;
•    the content of the property condition reports;
•    the amount of the capped option fee;
•    clarifying the minimum security obligations for residential rental premises; and
•    clarifying which urgent repairs should be considered essential services

The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2012. The discussion paper is available by clicking here.

 

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