In April 2020, the WA Government passed the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020, which brought into law a range of measures to deliver protections for tenants suffering rental stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in WA.
The COVID-19 Response Act meant that between 30/3/20 – 28/3/21;
* No rent increases could be actioned.
* No terminations of tenancies could take place except in particular circumstances i.e. family and domestic violence, mutual agreement or refusal to pay rent.
* Fixed term tenancies would become periodic tenancies if they were not renewed during the emergency COVID-19 period.
The COVID-19 emergency period will end on Sunday 28 March 2021. This means ordinary residential tenancy laws in WA will once again become applicable.
Housing Choices WA staff have continued to complete annual eligibility and rent reviews as they became due during the COVID-19 emergency period. If a rent review resulted in a rent decrease, the decrease was implemented immediately. If a rent review resulted in a rent increase, the increase was postponed. In line with the end of the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020, increases to rent that were postponed during the emergency period will become effective on the first rent due date on or after Sunday 28 March 2021.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rent, please contact our Tenant Accounts Team on 9534 0425. They will work with you to arrange a repayment plan that is right for you.