Consumer Protection is encouraging Perth landlords to attend a Shelter WA Homelessness Week Event to learn about ways to help tenants experiencing family violence and other serious problems.
The ‘Landlords Making A Difference’ session on 9 August in Maylands is a great opportunity for owners of rental homes to hear from government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Event speakers will outline actions, large and small, that can prevent homelessness in WA; about 40 per cent of which is caused by family and domestic violence. A Senior Policy Officer from Consumer Protection will be talking about really important proposed changes to WA tenancy laws to help tenants affected by family and domestic violence.
So what are some of the changes being proposed?
The Bill to amend the legislation was introduced into Parliament on the 15th of May and passed the Lower House on 27 June 2018. The next step is for it to be debated in the Upper House in August 2018. The Bill gives tenants who are living in fear options to stay or go; either by applying to the courts to have a violent family member removed from the tenancy agreement or by providing evidence of family and domestic violence to their landlord so they can leave safely. While the legislation is victim-focussed, we believe there will be clear benefits for landlords, including less abandonment of premises, which can leave the landlord having to deal with the hassle of abandoned goods and taking former tenants to court.
Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA is looking forward to a positive networking experience for landlords at this event with the potential to create valuable change in our community. The theme for Homelessness Week 2018, which runs from 6 to 12 August, is ‘There’s always something you can do’ and we know landlords can certainly help end homelessness and indeed many already do a lot to provide safe, affordable housing.
We’ll be collecting stories about ethical things landlords have done to help WA tenants. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the positive actions of investment property owners who are in a position to make a big difference to tenants’ lives. Anyone who is a landlord is invited to come and be part of the journey to a housing system that works for all of us.
Have a listen to the short segment below:
Further details are available on the Shelter WA website shelterwa.org.au/homelessness_week, where landlords can RSVP electronically.