REQUIREMENTS FOR RENTING
RENTING a home is a good option for many consumers but sometimes the relationship between tenants and landlords can experience difficulties when issues arise.
Residential tenancy is a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. We give free advice to all parties in a residential tenancy agreement, look into complaints and, wherever possible, help to settle disputes.
Renting a home in WA is governed by a set of laws called the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. If we can’t negotiate a fair outcome to resolve a dispute, then it may be necessary for the matter to be settled in court.
Tenants and landlords have shared responsibilities when it comes to rental home maintenance and repairs. Obvious maintenance and repair issues should be noted in the property condition report, which has to be completed by the landlord when a tenancy agreement starts and finishes.
As a tenant, you must keep the property reasonably clean and you are expected to hand it back in a similar condition to when you moved in, taking into account normal use – meaning fair wear and tear is expected to occur on fixtures such as carpets and curtains.
If there are any issues, then you should ask the landlord if they intend to fix the problems and make sure this is written into the tenancy agreement.
It is a good idea to take photos of the property before you move in and when you move out.
More information about your rental rights and responsibilities is available at www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au.