Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

A FREE smart phone app has been launched by the WA Depart­ment of Com­merce to help WA renters man­age their ten­ancy at the click of a but­ton.

It in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on le­gal rights and tools to cal­cu­late the max­i­mum amount to pay a land­lord be­fore mov­ing in.

The app also syn­chro­nises a range of pre-set re­minders with users’ cal­en­dars and al­lows users to store pho­tos of manda­tory prop­erty con­di­tion re­ports, rental re­ceipts and items that need re­pair.

Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin said the app would warn users if they en­tered data that was in­com­pat­i­ble with the law.

“For ex­am­ple, if the date of a rent in­crease is less than 60 days from the date of writ­ten no­ti­fi­ca­tion of an in­crease, or less than six months from the last in­crease, the app will warn users that this is not al- lowed,” he said.

“Sim­i­larly, if a land­lord tries to sched­ule a home open for prospec­tive ten­ants ear­lier than 21 days be­fore the end of the ten­ancy, the app will let the user know they can’t do this.

“In many cases, ten­ants agree to un­law­fully short no­tice pe­ri­ods for rent in­creases or rou­tine in­spec­tions be­cause they are un­aware of their rights.

“The app not only in­forms users of their rights but helps them to keep good habits as well.

“By re­mind­ing ten­ants to take pho­tos at the start and end of the ten­ancy, there is less chance of a dis­pute over the re­turn of the se­cu­rity bond.”

The app had been wel­comed by mem­bers of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of WA Prop­erty Man­agers Net­work, spokes­woman Jenni Wood said.

“It’s clear from our mem­bers as well as the is­sues that pop up in the Mag­is­trates Down­load the iRen­tWA app free from the App Store or Google Play. Go to­­tWA

for more in­for­ma­tion. Court or sur­face as com­plaints to the depart­ment that there are sev­eral key ar­eas of weak­ness in peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of the Res­i­den­tial Te­nan­cies Act,” Ms Wood said.

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