A 6-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions became law in April 2020 to prevent tenants having to move out or becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium period began 30 March, 2020.
During the moratorium period:
- rent cannot be increased
- expiring fixed-term tenancies automatically convert to periodical tenancies
- tenants who end a fixed-term tenancy before its end date due to COVID-19 related financial hardship will not incur break lease fees, but will still be liable for damage and rent arrears
- landlords do not have to carry out non-urgent repairs if they experience financial hardship or cannot access the property due to movement restrictions.
For more information see the Moratorium on residential tenancy evictions becomes law in WA media statement or Consumer Protection advice for residential tenancies.