Your rights as a WA renter

Pilbara News - - Property - Sa­man­tha Jones Sa­man­tha Jones is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of WA.

As a West Aussie ten­ant, you are ex­pected to share some of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­sur­ing the te­nancy runs smoothly with the prop­erty owner.

The agent look­ing after the prop­erty for the owner will help fa­cil­i­tate th­ese mu­tual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, but it’s im­por­tant that you have a solid un­der­stand­ing of where you stand through­out the du­ra­tion of your lease.

Your writ­ten lease clearly out­lines your rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and lessens the chances of a dis­pute with the owner. We ad­vise you to read the lease care­fully be­fore sign­ing and keep a copy handy.

Rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties Your rights in­clude:

A copy of the lease and in­for­ma­tion for ten­ants.

Pro­vi­sion of clean premises at the start of the lease.

Bond money safely de­posited with the State Govern­ment’s Bond Ad­min­is­tra­tor.

A con­di­tion re­port for the premise given to the ten­ant be­fore oc­cu­pancy not­ing any dam­age. This must be re­turned within seven days of the start of the lease with any ad­di­tional dam­age added to the re­port.

Re­ceipts are re­quired for rental pay­ments un­less the rent is paid di­rectly into a bank ac­count.

Ten­ants to be given seven to 14 days no­tice of an in­spec­tion and 72 hours no­tice of ac­cess re­quired for any re­pairs, un­less ur­gent.

Ten­ants can ex­pect re­pairs to be un­der­taken within rea­son­able time. The owner must see to all re­pairs, but the ten­ant pays if the dam­age is their fault.

Sixty days no­tice should be given for a rent in­crease.

Your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude:

Look­ing after the prop­erty and not us­ing it for il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

En­sur­ing rent is paid on time for the du­ra­tion of the lease.

Ob­tain­ing the owner’s writ­ten per­mis­sion if some­one else moves in and that ex­tra per­son ex­ceeds the num­ber of res­i­dents on the lease agree­ment.

Re­port­ing all nec­es­sary re­pairs to your prop­erty man­ager.

Re­quest­ing writ­ten per­mis­sion to make any al­ter­ations. Not dis­rupt­ing the neigh­bours. En­sur­ing the premise is in the same con­di­tion you found it when you leave.

Pro­vid­ing 21 days no­tice to ter­mi­nate an ex­pired lease that has re­verted to a pe­ri­odic te­nancy.

If you have ques­tions about your rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a ten­ant, be sure to speak with your REIWA prop­erty man­ager.

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