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Alternative termite control methods now fall into four broad categories - physical barriers, chemical barriers, resistant materials and design for early detection. Physical barriers Various forms of metal mesh barriers. Specially graded granite chips. Exposed concrete floor slab constructed as a...
Termites and pests
When you get a builder to construct your new home, you will be presented with a range of measures that can be taken against possible damage by termites (white ants). Modified standards In the past, most new homes were protected by spraying the sand pad with organochlorine chemicals. However,...
Termites and pests
Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Residential Parks Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always...
Specialised accommodation
Hostels generally provide low-level care to residents and more care is available at nursing homes. The Seniors housing guide has information available on aged care. Many of these care facilities are regulated by the Federal Government and entry is based on your care needs, as determined by an Aged...
Specialised accommodation
Many people prefer to stay in their home and maintain their independence as they age. Staying at home in the environment you know, with familiar neighbours, shops and other facilities, is often the best option, but sometimes you may need assistance to remain at home. The help to stay in your home...
Your own home
An RCD can save lives. RCDs will prevent electrocution by cutting the power to a circuit in the event of earth leakage. Following are descriptions and images of devices including RCDs, circuit breakers, combination RCD and circuit breaker, portable RCDs, and powerpoint RCDs. RCDs [scald=512:...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Some people choose to sell their home and 'down size' by buying a unit or apartment, which are often strata titled. A strata title is a certificate of title for a lot and a share in the common property in a strata scheme set up under the Strata Titles Act 1985 . The strata scheme dictates what you...
Your own home
Ancillary accommodation or a 'granny flat' on an existing property is a convenient and cost effective option for some people. It can allow families to use their existing land and provide close access whilst still ensuring independence. Granny flats may be an extension to the home or a separate...
Your own home

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A tradesman who has taken payments from consumers but failed to complete the work is the subject of a public warning from Consumer Protection. Christopher Stephen Johnson , also known as Christopher Stephen Rexhep and trading as Amazing Concrete Services formerly of Baldivis, has accepted payments totalling almost $38,000 from seven consumers, but has carried out very little work and failed to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Sep 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Willetton building company Build West Pty Ltd (reg. BC10002) $5,000 and its director and nominated supervisor Shaun Middleton (BP37114) $2,500 for negligent conduct and failing to properly manage and supervise its work.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes , no longer holds a builder registration in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Northbridge builder Joseph Merenda (BP10668) has been fined $5,000 and refused renewal of his building practitioner registration as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 121.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 August 2016, most Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl). Most United sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 August 2016, most Puma and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 31 cpl by Puma and 27 cpl by Caltex). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Aug 2016
A man has been fined $3,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 19 August 2016 for selling vehicles from an East Victoria Park home without a licence. The 33 year old man, who now lives in Cannington, was granted a spent conviction. He pleaded guilty to buying and selling 30 vehicles between July 2014 and March 2016 by advertising on the Gumtree website. He was ordered to pay costs of $432.70...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s now easier for you to check whether your consumer goods are safe thanks to the new Product Safety Australia website www.productsafety.gov.au , which I would urge you to add to your favourites and make use of. There were 670 recalls across the country in the last financial year compared to 596 in the previous financial year. The...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Aug 2016
Hillarys man Saad Soliman (reg. BP10488), as the sole director, nominated supervisor and secretary of liquidated building company Benchmark Designer Homes (BC10941), has been ordered to pay by consent a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Aug 2016
A Maylands real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failures with its trust accounting. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Integrity , was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $308 for their accounting failures between January and November 2014 which breached the Real Estate and Business Agents (REBA) Act and the Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016

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