Housing

Residential Tenancies Act

The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 is the State Government law that protects tenants and landlords.

The Act outlines the rights and responsibilities of tenants and property owners / agents / landlords in Western Australia. It covers many areas including: landlord and tenant obligations and dispute resolution, payment and refund of security bonds, inspection, rent and rental increases, repairs and maintenance, lease agreements and termination of agreements.

Information resources

While boarders and lodgers are not currently covered by the Residential Tenancies Act they still have rights and responsibilities.

  • The Department of Commerce provides information for boarders and lodgers, as well as a guide to their rights and responsibilities (PDF 321kb).
  • For all tenancy related issues, please visit TenancyWA for free information and advice
  • If you are a not covered under the Act and you need legal advice on tenancy matters, you can visit the Legal Aid Western Australia website.
  • If you need personal assistance, you can contact a tenant advocate, a member of the WA Tenancy Network, through a Metropolitan Community Legal Centre. Tenant advocates can help with such things as writing letters and going to court.