Legislation changed to protect children from toppling furniture

The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 has been formally passed which amends the Residential Tenancies Act and allows renters to fix furniture to walls.

Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament.

The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from being hurt or killed.

Owners can only refuse the form request in very limited circumstances, such as when the home is heritage-listed or if the walls contain asbestos.

Tenants who attach furniture to walls will have to repair the wall at the end of the tenancy agreement.

REIWA President Damian Collins congratulates the government for passing this critical piece of legislation and commends them for listening to the concerns of the real estate industry to achieve 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.

“We 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.

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