Reader Question

“I’ve been in my current rental for 4 years. Initially, I had a 2-year lease and asked to renew it. However, the property manager never followed up, despite the fact I requested this in writing and over the phone. I’m now on a periodic agreement and have been for the past 18 months. My rent is never late and I’m a good tenant. I am concerned that the owner may evict me with minimum notice. Do I have any rights given my request was in writing but not actioned? – WA tenant

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We asked Principal/Business Manager at Ray White Leading Edge, Tricia Gilbert for her advice on this situation.

“Unfortunately a fixed term lease agreement has to be agreed to and in writing by all parties (Lessor and Tenant) in order to exist,” Tricia said.

“I would suggest contacting your Property Manager again and ask for the matter to be resolved without delay.”

What is a fixed term tenancy?

A fixed term tenancy is an agreement which allows you to rent the premises for a set period with a specific start and finish date.

It provides more certainty and security for both you and the lessor.

Although fixed-term tenancy agreements have expiry dates, the agreement will not automatically terminate on the end date unless either you or the lessor/property manager gives 30 days’ notice of intention NOT to renew the agreement.

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Tricia Gilbert
Tricia Gilbert
Principal, Licensee and Property Manager at Next Level Property Management & Sales | 0410 400 015 | [email protected]

Tricia Gilbert is the Principal, Licensee and Property Manager of Next Level Property Management & Sales in Joondalup, Western Australia. Tricia has worked with Next Level since 2019 and was formerly the Principal and Business Development Manager with Ray White Leading Edge in Clarkson. She is a Certified Practising Real Estate Agent (CPREA). Tricia holds a Triennial Licence and Property Management Licence issued by the WA Department of Commerce. In 2014, Tricia won Property Manager of the Year - WA Metropolitan at the annual Ray White Awards.