APP-IER DAYS FOR TENANTS
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 to www.commerce.wa.gov.au/iRentWA
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.