The video above gives a clear explanation and insight of the changes to the Residential Tenancy Act WA .
The Residential Tenancies Act (Family Violence) Amendment Bill 2018 has formally passed this will endeavour to protect families in a vulnerable position and aims to achieve a positive outcome for both victims and landlords.
The legislation will not come into effect until mid-April 2019. This means that tenants claiming domestic violence will not be able to use the provisions of the Act until then.
Family violence is a growing issue in our community and we all have a responsibility to help eradicate it and ensure measures are put in place to assist victims instead of punish them. However, it was also important to protect the rights of property owners by ensuring the new legislation could not be used without just cause.
A legally binding declaration in the prescribed forms will be required in some instances. This means in cases where there has been no criminal charges laid, the victim will sign a declaration to reaffirm their claims, removing the need to go to court.
The declaration also carries significant penalties should the claimant be found to be making false statements.
“This will act as a hefty deterrent against the misuse of this legislation, which is designed to help only genuine victims of family violence. The industry welcomes this outcome as an important step in the process towards reducing the burdens of the residential tenancy system on victims of family violence while also protecting the rights of property owners.
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The key changes include the following new options for renters experiencing :