Take a closer look at tenancy laws
A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords, real estate agents and property managers in WA to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws.
In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7200 by the Perth Magistrate’s Court after she pleaded guilty to 24 breaches of tenancy laws while acting as a landlady.
The charges related to failure to lodge a security bond with the bond administrator, failure to provide receipts for the bond, failure to use the correct forms and information when entering into a written tenancy agreement, and failure to provide property condition reports.
Sakowski took bond money in cash and kept it in her safe or had it deposited directly into her bank account. This is illegal.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, all security bonds must be lodged with the bond administrator at the Department of Commerce within 14 days and within a month tenants will receive confirmation their bond has been lodged.
Standard lease agreements were introduced in 2013 to ensure fairness in the rental market and to provide clarity about the rights and obligations of both tenants and landlords.
Sakowski also used a 2005 REIWA tenancy agreement form and created her own lease agreement, which included improper conditions, such as no children being allowed to visit the property.
Learn about rights and responsibilities by reviewing Consumer Protection’s webpages and videos at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/ tenancy. The forms are available to download and use at no cost.