Attention WA Landlords: New rules give more power to tenants

Recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act give tenants in WA the green light to fix furniture to walls.

Before this change, tenants had to get the landlords permission to anchor furniture and now, landlords have very limited recourse to object.

These changes have been instigated due to the high number of children that die every year in Australia from toppling furniture.

Landlords in WA who refuse requests to anchor furniture to walls in their property, may face prosecution or disciplinary action if they do not comply with this new law.

The law changed after a 21 month-old toddler died in a rental home in 2015, after a chest of drawers crushed him.

The inquest uncovered that the landlord had refused a request to secure the furniture.


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Jason Gwerder
Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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