Real estate agents breaching tenancy act

The Department of Consumer Protection is concerned a growing number of WA real estate agents are breaching the Residential Tenancy Act by requiring tenants leaving a rental property at the end of a lease to give 21 days notice.


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Its time the law enforcing agencies did something to check the growing menace of REAL ESTATE AGENTS. I have been penalised for minor faults like small coffee cup stain on bench and few tiny chips on cupboard. I have even received a "breach of agreement" notice from the agent for not removing the soap mould in shower. I had actually put in lot of effort to maintain the property in good condition and dont deserve all this for really ridiculously small issues. One of my friends, a couple is still waiting for nearly 3 months to receive their bond even after moving out at the end of their lease. When they met the agent to enquire about their bond, the agent's receptionist threatened them that police would need to be called for their swearing (they were down to earth and really polite, after all). The couple felt intimidated and harassed, all this for their hard earned money. All these are just the tip of an iceberg, there would be a hell lot of people suffering in silence. So much for the written clauses set out by the agents in the rental agreements, disagreeing to any of which would not get you the rental property. I am not saying tenants can be as they wish, but at the end of the day tenants are paying an awful lot for the property and its as if their own until they lease it. So there must be some leniency at least when it comes to minor issues and the "GREEDY" real estate agents cant be allowed to just rip off tenants.

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