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REIWA welcomes changes to protect children from toppling furniture

The REIWA has congratulated the Western Australian Government on passing legislation that allows renters to fix furniture to walls.

The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act to address concerns raised by the real estate industry.

REIWA President Damian Collins said the result was a positive outcome for both tenants and landlords.

“We strongly believe that tenants should be able to affix furniture to the walls to increase the safety of children and infants and we have been working towards these changes for some time,” Mr Collins said.

“Through our collaboration with the WA Government and various stakeholder groups, REIWA is proud to have secured vital safeguards that ensure any damages incurred would be rectified or compensated for at the end of a lease and special provisions have been put in place for heritage listed properties.”

The REIWA also raised concerns over the fixing of furniture in cases where doing so would disturb asbestos and in strata schemes where by-laws prohibit the affixing of furniture to the walls of the premises.

“It is pleasing to see these inclusions have been included which protect both the tenant and landlord,” Mr Collins said.

REIWA said it will continue to advocate strongly for changes that benefit tenants, landlords and property managers to create a better rental market for everyone in WA.

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