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Understanding Property Condition Reports in Western Australia

Jan 30, 2024

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A Property Condition Report (PCR) is a comprehensive and legally required document in Western Australia that describes the condition of a rental property at the start of a tenancy agreement.

Meticulously prepared by a Property Manager or Landlord, this document captures every detail of the premises, including the condition of walls, ceilings, windows, appliances, gardens, and any furnishings provided. It typically includes photographic evidence, ensuring an accurate record is maintained. We here at Aqwasun Estate Agents also use 360 photography to best showcase the properties condition.

Under the Western Australia Residential Tenancies Act 1987, a PCR is a legal requirement when leasing properties. This report protects both the tenant and the landlord, serving as a baseline for the property's condition and avoiding disagreements over any damages that may occur during the lease period.

Here are some crucial legalities you should keep in mind:

  1. Time Frame for PCR: Within seven days of moving in, the tenant must receive two copies of the signed PCR from the property manager or landlord. The tenant then has seven days to review, add comments, sign, and return one copy. Failure to provide an ingoing PCR within the prescribed timeframes is an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and my incur a penalty.
  2. Prescribed Format: There is a legally prescribed format that must be used as specified by DEMIRS. This format can be viewed by clicking here.
  3. End of Lease Inspection: At the conclusion of the lease, the PCR is used as a reference to gauge any changes or damages to the property. It is crucial in determining how much of the bond is returned to the tenant.

Failure to provide a PCR can result in fines for the landlord and may inhibit their ability to claim costs for damages that occurred during the tenancy.

Tips for Tenants:

  • Review your PCR thoroughly and edit it within the allowed timeframe if you need to. Make sure your PCR is clear about:
    • items that need maintenance, for example a dripping tap;
    • existing damage to the property, for example if you have noticed a burn mark on a kitchen benchtop; and/or
    • cleanliness (cobwebs etc)
  • If your landlord or property manager do not provided you with a PCR at the start of your tenancy, we recommend completing your own PCR within the first 14 days, including signing and dating it.

The PCR is thus an indispensable tool, safeguarding the interests of all parties involved in a tenancy. It allows for fairness when reviewing a property's condition and binds both tenants and landlords to a documented, agreement-based standard of care and maintenance.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with your PCR, Aqwasun Estate Agent's experienced and dedicated property manager, Alicia, is more than happy to help. Feel free to contact her on 0459 185 872.

Remember, understanding your rights and responsibilities can make all the difference in creating a hassle-free rental experience!