In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Australian government passed laws to prevent tenants from being forced to move out of their rental properties or be made homeless. Long-stay residents in residential parks, boarders and lodgers paying rent were also covered.
These laws were to last for a set time only and that time ended on 28 March 2021. This means the ordinary tenancy laws under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) now apply.
COVID-19 Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS)
The Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and renters reach agreement about COVID-19 renting disputes without going to court. However, the RTMCS stopped accepting applications on 29 June 2021.
Where to get help
If you are a tenant and have a tenancy problem, contact Circle Green Community Legal.
Although RTMCS is no longer accepting applications, you may be able to get help with conciliation in a tenancy dispute from Consumer Protection at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. You can find more information on the Consumer Protection website.
Reviewed: 23 March 2022
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