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WA’s eviction moratorium extension slammed

By Grace Ormsby
21 September 2020 | 1 minute read
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The Western Australian real estate body has rebuked the state’s decision to extend the eviction moratorium to March 2021, calling for the government to instead follow in the footsteps of Queensland.

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia’s (REIWA) president, Damian Collins, has commented the way that the Queensland government has handled COVID-19 emergency tenancy legislation and worked to end the eviction moratorium in the state by the end of September 2020.

He said: “The Qld government listened to all stakeholders, formed an advisory group and ultimately introduced fair legislation that provided protection to those in genuine hardship as a result of COVID-19.”

According to Mr Collins, the further easing is a sign that a “balanced” approach worked and the state’s economy and rental market has made it through the worst of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, the WA government extended its eviction moratorium for a further six months — to 28 March 2021.

It’s led the REIWA to state that the Western Australian government “should learn from the success”, by implementing an amendment to the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020, so that it only applies to those who are suffering ongoing hardship.

Mr Collins stated that WA’s economy “is in a better position” than Queensland’s; however, “their government has assessed the market and taken a more balanced approach in managing the expectations of landlords and tenants, which includes ending the ban on terminating tenancies on 30 September 2020”.

The REIWA said it had been “inundated” with calls from landlords and tenants who have been negatively impacted by the decision to extend the moratorium.

“It is clear from the sheer number of calls to REIWA’s Information Service and the recent media attention that, unfortunately, there is a significant number of Western Australians unnecessarily disadvantaged as a result of the blanket decision to extend the legislation,” Mr Collins concluded.

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Grace is a journalist across Momentum property and investment brands. Grace joined Momentum Media in 2018, bringing with her a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from the University of Newcastle. She’s passionate about delivering easy to digest information and content relevant to her key audiences and stakeholders.

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top suburbs

12 month growth
Mirador
103.33%
Bawley Point
98.13%
Walla Walla
90.7%
Byron Bay
86.67%
Kiama Heights
85.93%
Greta
84.14%
Nulkaba
81%
South Hobart
78.78%
Diddillibah
76.25%
Lennox Head
73.98%
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