BILL AIMS AT VI­O­LENCE

Avon Valley Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

BEAU­TI­FULLY ren­o­vated with re­fined de­tail, this gor­geous cot­tage blends new and old to cre­ate a time­less mas­ter­piece.

Sur­rounded by charm­ing gar­dens, the char­ac­ter home fea­tures a clever de­sign, mod­ern colour scheme and beau­ti­ful time­less pieces. YOUR fam­ily will love grow­ing up in the beau­ti­ful Perth hills, sur­rounded by na­ture.

This 2024sq m block is per­fectly po­si­tioned in a quiet cul- de- sac op­po­site Green­mount Na­tional Park.

The five- bed­room, three- bed­room home fea­tures a for­mal lounge room and open- plan fam­ily, din­ing and kitchen area, all on pol-

The stylish re­treat has a for­mal lounge with orig­i­nal fire­place and a stun­ning kitchen with stone bench­tops, am­ple bench space, plenty of stor­age, Smeg oven and ished tim­ber floors.

The prop­erty has a paved pa­tio, win­ter creek, above ground pool, two gar­den sheds and ducted air­con­di­tion­ing. dou­ble sink with Ital­ian tap ware.

The 2043sq m prop­erty also has an al­fresco kitchen, out­back bar, north- fac­ing deck, out­door shower and sep­a­rate stu­dio.

It is close to Dar­ling­ton vil­lage, three schools ( Dar­ling­ton Pri­mary School, Tree­tops School and He­lena Col­lege), and Mid­land Gate shop­ping cen­tre. LAWS to help ten­ants ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence are one step closer with a bill in­tro­duced to par­lia­ment this month.

The Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Leg­is­la­tion ( Fam­ily Vi­o­lence) Amend­ment Bill pro­poses changes to te­nancy laws to give ten­ants af­fected by fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence new choices and op­tions to:

End a te­nancy di­rectly with a land­lord/ lessor or prop­erty man­ager by pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence, such as a Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Res­train­ing Or­der or a form signed by an in­de­pen­dent third party such as a po­lice of­fi­cer, doc­tor, so­cial worker or psy­chol­o­gist;

Stay in the rental home by ap­ply­ing to the Mag­is­trates Court to have a per­pe­tra­tor re­moved from a lease ( cur­rently there is no av­enue to re­move the per­pe­tra­tor from the te­nancy);

Deal with dis­putes around prop­erty dam­age, un­paid rent and bond dis­burse­ment to avoid fi­nan­cial bur­den when leav­ing a te­nancy;

Change locks, with­out a land­lord’s per­mis­sion, to pre­vent a per­pe­tra­tor re­gain­ing ac­cess, as long as a copy of the keys are given to the land­lord;

Im­prove se­cu­rity at the rental home at their own cost, for ex­am­ple in­stalling CCTV; and

Have their name re­moved from a te­nancy data­base if the rea­son for the black­list­ing was caused by fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence – this is so they are not ex­cluded from the rental mar­ket­place in future.

Com­mis­sioner for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion David Hill­yard said hous­ing un­cer­tainty could force peo­ple to stay in abu­sive re­la­tion­ships.

“At the mo­ment, some­one leav­ing a rental prop­erty at short no­tice be­cause of fam­ily vi­o­lence must pay rent un­til a new ten­ant is found or the agree­ment ex­pires,” he said.

“The cost of break­ing lease of­ten re­sults in fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims, in­clud­ing chil­dren, ei­ther stay­ing in a vi­o­lent home or be­ing home­less un­til the pre­vi­ous te­nancy ends. In fact, fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is the rea­son for about 40 per cent of home­less­ness.”

Mr Hill­yard said it was to be ex­pected that in­vest­ment prop­erty own­ers would have con­cerns about the changes and what the cost would be to them, but they had a po­ten­tially life- sav­ing role in this space.

“In some in­stances it might cost a few weeks rent while a prop­erty is va­cant and re- ad­ver­tised but we need to bal­ance this with the con­cept that the fam­ily vi­o­lence vic­tims will be safe from fear, in­jury or even death,” he said.

Keep up- to- date with the progress of the bill at www. dmirs. wa. gov. au/ fam­i­lyvi­o­lence.

David Hill­yard.

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