Huge demand for iRentWA app helping tenants
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Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants.
So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them essential information on tenancy laws and handy tools to help them manage their tenancy.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is confident the app will help reduce the number of disputes related to the return of the security bond at the end of a tenancy.
“The app allows tenants to take and store photos of the property before moving in and provides an accurate record of the condition of the property at the beginning of a tenancy. These can be compared to photos taken at the end of the tenancy to help minimise any disagreements between the tenant and landlord,” Ms Driscoll said.
“The app also synchronises with the phone’s calendar, setting reminders for paying rent, routine inspections, rent increases and giving proper notice before moving out. The tenant will be alerted if any of the notice periods are not in accordance with tenancy laws.
“Useful information about a tenant’s rights and obligations are now at their fingertips and they can quickly find out about rent increases, getting their bond back or what to do with a breach notice, as well as many other tenancy issues that may arise.
“Property managers and landlords can also access the app which outlines tenancy laws which are applicable to them. I would like to thank the real estate industry in WA for supporting this initiative and helping to promote the app to their clients.”
The iRentWA app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. More information on the app can be found on the Consumer Protection website: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/iRentWA.
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