The State Government’s ongoing review of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (2008) is entering its sixth year, and this week they have announced a new round of consultation, called Open Doors to Renting Reform.
The Government is seeking the views of landlords, tenants and property managers, before they announce a raft of changes to the legislation that governs this sector.
It is absolutely vital that all property managers and their clients contribute to this survey to ensure the needs of both tenants and landlords are reflected in the legislative reforms.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said there was a risk that the Government could potentially hear only one side of the debate.
“We know that tenant groups and tenancy advocates are working closely with renters to ensure their views are represented with the Department of Housing and Public Works, so it’s critical that landlords and property managers present their views also.
“There are three sides to the rental experience – tenants, landlords and property managers – and all have an important, crucial role to play in the rental equation.
“This is an opportunity to comment upon issues and challenges that exist within the rental experience – finding good tenants, maintenance issues, notice periods, bond payments, allowing pets, terminating tenancies and more. This is your chance to have your say – the Government is listening,” Ms Mercorella said.
The REIQ will provide another submission to the Government on the RTRA Review, advocating for landlords and property managers.
“Our concerns are that without our views being represented the Government could bring in a range of reforms that will potentially create imbalance in the renting equation.
“For example, it’s possible that they could create legislation that limits the grounds for termination of a tenancy, or even prohibits a no-grounds termination, forcing a landlord to continue to rent to an undesirable tenant,” Ms Mercorella said.
“We’d like to see reforms brought in that would allow landlords and tenants to negotiate a mutually agreeable position on pets, primarily in the form of allowing a pet bond, which is currently not allowed under the Act.
“We will continue to talk to the Government on these important issues, but it’s important that landlords and property managers make their voices heard,” she said.