Private landlord cops fined for failing to post bail

Ian Black pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaching the Residential Tenancies Actbased on bond collection between January 2019 and January 2020 on six properties owned by him.

According to the Western Australia Consumer Protection report, the sureties were received on behalf of its tenants following successful applications to the Department for Communities’ Surety Assistance Loan Scheme.

As a councilor for Mt Magnet County itself, West Australian Consumer Protection executive director Trish Blake said there was “no excuse” for an experienced owner such as Mr Black not to be aware of their responsibilities with regard to tenancy law.

She reiterated that “private landlords and estate agents have a clear obligation to post rental deposits with the Deposit Administrator as soon as possible after receipt and certainly take no longer than two weeks”.

When sentenced to PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA Magistrates Court, Mr Black was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,184.50.

Magistrate Walton, who was presiding over the case, reportedly considered the councilor’s guilty plea while noting that the tenants were not harmed by the offences.

Weighing in, Ms Blake pointed out that the bond filing process “is simple and straightforward, so it couldn’t be simplified”.

“Compliance with these laws is essential to ensure the safety and security of tenant funds,” she said.

She warned: ‘Failure to comply may result in prosecution or disciplinary action, as well as damage to the reputation of the owner or agent.’

In 2020, a Western Australian agency was fined $18,000 for failing to post 19 rental bonds on time, while the latest legal action follows a recent analysis of consumer protection data of Western Australia, which revealed that only a third of all tenants in the state received all their bond money recovered from rental contracts in 2021.

At that time, Ms Blake said the agency had received a number of complaints about the overly long delay in bond returns, as well as disagreements between tenants and landlords over the condition report. the property in case of vacancy.

The news also comes just a day after a Western Australian woman was revealed to have lost over $730,000 following a settlement scam.

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Private landlord cops fined for failing to post bail




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Last update: May 05, 2022

Posted: May 06, 2022