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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 may be a good option, but sometimes you might need assistance to remain at home. The help to stay in your home fact...
Your own home
Settlement agents set their own fees which must be disclosed to the client in writing prior to entering into any agreement. Agents must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. Removing the cap and deregulating fees will allow...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Unless you are a suitably qualified lawyer, it would be very unwise to try to carry out the settlement of your own property. It's a complex and time consuming business, with many traps for the unwary. When you are buying a property, it is necessary for all the paperwork to be completed and all the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
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 (RCDs)
When you are looking at properties, you will often come into contact with real estate agents or sales representatives. The most important thing to understand about real estate agents or sales representatives when buying a property is that they have been hired by the seller. The aim of the agent is...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
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 can be 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
You may be living in a home you own or have a mortgage on, but wish to sell and buy or build another one. This might be because you want a smaller garden, to downsize your house or you want to change location. Downsizing can provide many benefits: You can buy a newer home which incorporates...
Your own home
Once you have decided to rent out a property, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to do all the property management yourself or employ a real estate agent to do it for you. It needn't be all or nothing. You may employ an agent just to find your tenants and handle the bond...
Property management
Tenant wants to end a tenancy You can end a periodic tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason, but tenants must give the lessor a minimum 21 days' notice in writing. Should the premises be destroyed, compulsorily acquired by law, or become uninhabitable (this applies to both periodic...
When a tenancy ends

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A supervisor has been appointed to take over the financial operation of a real estate agency in East Victoria Park. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has granted a supervision order in relation to Macro Realty Pty Ltd following an application by Consumer Protection. Macro Realty is suspended from carrying on its business and controlling the agency’s bank accounts. The supervisor Alan Ferris...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 May 2016
A national campaign has been launched by consumer regulators around Australia to warn potential property investors about property spruikers who claim to be ‘wealth creators’ but are really just in it for themselves. In WA, Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard is advising consumers attending these seminars to be wary of any deals promising big returns with low risk and to get...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2016
Halls Head man Roy Keith Perkins (TL2619), director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, has been fined and had his plumbing tradesperson’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building and Energy
Media release
09 May 2016
West Perth building partnership Promeq Pty Ltd and Molouky Pty Ltd (reg. BC11750) has been fined $3,000 ($1,500 each partner) and its nominated supervisor Muin Qaqish of Subiaco (BC100885 & BP11578) $1,000 for negligent and misleading conduct as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2016
The Building Commission is working with the building industry and local government to improve quality control in the residential building process.
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Apr 2016
Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331), trading as Instyle Residence and New Life Renovations has had its building contractor registration cancelled, its sole director and secretary Armand Noor has been made an ineligible person for one year and both have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling $20,000 for the longest string of disciplinary allegations dealt with by the Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2016
North Fremantle building partnership Mark Desmond Tilbury (BP6681) and Susan Vaughane Tilbury (partnership BC11158) , trading as Mark Tilbury Home Improvements , have been cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Apr 2016
Unregistered Rivervale painter Raymond Patrick O’Sullivan , trading as Prime Finishes Painting Services , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to comply with a building remedy order.
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Osborne Park builder Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) $5,000 and its nominated supervisor Justayn Bean (BP13268) $3,000 for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2016
From 8 April 2016 new roof-mounted evaporative coolers being installed on residential buildings that are located in a designated bush fire prone area must be fitted with non-combustible covers. The Building Commission has produced a new fact sheet Roof-mounted evaporative coolers to explain the risks and requirements. For further information please contact the Building Commission on 1300 489 099...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Apr 2016

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