WA Parliament has passed new legislation banning evictions and rent increases for six months.
The laws aim to help keep tenants in homes and protect businesses during the COVID-19 downturn.
The eviction ban will be backdated to March 30.
The new laws include:
- restriction on penalties for tenants who do not trade or reduce their trading hours;
- no interest to be charged on rent arrears;
- the introduction of an enhanced dispute resolution process; and
- a prohibition on landlords progressing proceedings that occurred after the restrictions were imposed but before these laws come into operation.
A code of conduct, based on the recently-announced National Cabinet Code of Conduct, will provide a framework for negotiations between landlords and tenants.
Premier Mark McGowan has called on both parties to enter negotiations “with a sense of shared destiny”.
“Business closures will benefit no-one, so mutually-acceptable arrangements are urgently required to help save these businesses so they can bounce back quickly.”