WHERE TO GO IN ROW ON RENTALS
be noted in the property condition report, which has to be completed by the landlord when a tenancy agreement starts and finishes.
As a tenant, you must keep the property reasonably clean and you are expected to hand it back in a similar condition to when you moved in, taking into account normal use – meaning fair wear and tear is expected to occur on fixtures such as carpets and curtains.
If there are any issues, then you should ask the landlord if they intend to fix the problems and make sure this is written into the tenancy agreement. It is a good idea to take photos of the property before you move in and when you move out.
Repairs are the landlord’s responsibility but if you cause any neglectful damage then the landlord can ask you to arrange for, or pay for, repairs.
Landlords do have a responsibility to respond to repair requests promptly. Set procedures must be followed when dealing with urgent or non-urgent repairs but you must continue to pay rent even while you are waiting for repairs to be completed.
More information about your rental rights and responsibilities is available at www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au.