TENANTS with English as a second language will receive greater assistance with Consumer Protection’s iRentWA app available in five new languages.
The free app now includes Arabic, Chinese (cimplified), Vietnamese, Italian and Korean options for users.
It was developed in 2014 to give renters information about their rights and responsibilities as well as provide handy tools to help them throughout their tenancy.
Tenants can use the app to:
Easily calculate the maximum amount they might have to pay a landlord before moving in.
Save photos of mandatory property condition reports, rental receipts and items that need maintenance or repair.
Set reminders to help them keep track of rent payment deadlines, routine inspections and proper notice periods.
Get information on the forms they and their landlord must use.
Find out where to get further advice and assistance.
Some of the app’s pre-set reminders will warn users if they enter data that is incompatible with residential tenancy law.
For example, if the date of a rent increase is less than 60 days from the date of written notification of an increase, or less than six months from the last increase, the app will warn users that this is not allowed.
The app also explains about time periods required to give proper notice before moving out of a rental property, getting bonds back, and what to do with a breach notice.
iRentWA can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
For more information visit www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au, call 1300 304 054 or email email@example.com.