Consumer Protection applauds housing information kit

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Consumer Protection has applauded the launch of a housing information kit which will assist disadvantaged West Australians to either buy or rent a home or find crisis accommodation.

The Housing Options Kit was compiled by East Perth-based Shelter WA, an independent community organisation which is committed to assisting low income earners in WA to obtain affordable and appropriate housing.

In launching the kit today, Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said organisations such as Shelter WA were vital in helping reduce homelessness in the community.

“With the cost of buying and renting homes in WA increasing, it is important that consumers have the assistance and information available to help them make the right decisions to obtain accommodation that suits their short-term or long-term needs and circumstances,” Ms Driscoll said.

“Knowing what financial assistance and rebates are available and what things to consider when choosing the location of your home or the type of accommodation that is required are just some of the topics covered in the kit.”

The kit also covers areas such as crisis and supported accommodation as well as giving advice and tips on renting and purchasing a home.

“The kit clearly sets out all the options for home buyers and tenants to consider and is a valuable resource for those wishing to obtain low-cost housing or is in need of crisis accommodation. I commend the wonderful work being done by community groups such as Shelter WA who support the community and help to reduce homelessness in the State,” the Commissioner said.

Consumers and tenants can download a copy of the Housing Options Kit from the Shelter WA website: www.shelterwa.org.au – consumer advocates and housing officers can call 9325 6660 to be sent a hard copy.

 

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Media Contact:

Alan Hynd

9282 0961 or 0429-078791

alan.hynd@commerce.wa.gov.au

Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2012

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