New Door Lock Regulations For WA Landlords

| December 9, 2012

WA landlords could be forced to collectively pay more than $300 million to comply with new State Government rules relating to door and windows.

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To install a simple window lock can now cost over $200 and the average landlord may have to pay over $1,500 to adhere to these new rules which take effect from 2013. The total cost of complying with these new regulations could run to over $300 million state-wide, which is an unfair burden on WA landlords.

In my opinion, it is yet another example of government red tape which will create more unnecessary expenses for people in the private sector. This new government impost will only act as a disincentive for people to invest in property at a time when there is a rental housing crisis in Perth.

Regulations such as this could play a part in raising rental prices, as to regulate the installation of fittings is just another prohibitive cost for landlords, and.

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The State Government needs to move quickly to rescind this ludicrous regulation if it wants to ensure that people feel confident about investing in property and to maintain an adequate supply of rental properties. While safety is a paramount issue to most West Australians, issues regarding window and door locks should be left to the private sector where a tenant can pick a property that has the security features they require or negotiate with the landlord to have additional features such as locks installed.

Most, if not all landlords know that sufficient locks on external doors and windows as a necessary fitting on their homes, and the current Residential Tenancies Act states that accommodation is reasonably secure with locks. The new regulation is to include the word ‘deadlock’ in this section of the Act, which is an ill-defined term that is generic, sometimes for a lock that locks automatically on the closure of the door, but in other cases means a stronger lock than ‘normal’.

There is no evidence that these locks are required for insurance purposes, nor are they any safer to use than other door locks when used correctly. We all want reasonable security for our homes, and in turn our investment properties and tenants, but to change the regulations on part of the Act that has been working without incident for years is looking more like a revenue grab by the State Government than a well thought-out change to effect something positive.

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James Limnios is the CEO of Limnios Property Group and has been a City of Perth Councillor since 2009. He has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years and is passionate about Perth inner city property and living. In 2004 he was a winner of the WA 40 under 40 awards for excellence in his field.

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