Current legislation covering tenants rights are not consistent throughout Australia. We therefore ask you to refer to the information supplied for your state or territory as legislation in other states may differ. Should you not find the onfirmation you seek, please refer to the contact links provided.

If you are renting a home in Western Australia or thinking of doing so soon, the information in this guide will help you find the right home, avoid common renting pitfalls and help you have a harmonious (and lawful) relationship with the property owner or agent.

Renting a home in Western Australia is governed by a set of laws called the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. You can buy copies of the Act and Regulations from the State Law Publisher online at or by phone on 6552 6000. You can also download free copies at

We advise you to check whether any changes have been introduced.

This guide doesn’t take the place of the Act, nor does it pretend to cover everything; but it will give you a good working knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.