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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
Property managers who offer their services for a fee must be registered real estate sales representatives working for a licensed real estate agent who is in charge of the agency. If you choose to use a property manager, carefully consider the person’s experience in property management. Ask about:...
Property management
There are various reasons for ending a tenancy. These can range from something as simple as wanting to move on, to the tenant/s or the lessor/property manager not keeping to the terms of the agreement. The proper way to end the agreement will depend on why the tenancy is ending and whether it’s a...
When a tenancy ends
Tenants cannot be asked to pay any additional money other than rent and security bond during a tenancy agreement. The lessor cannot ask tenant/s to pay any administration fees, re-inspection fees or charges for sending tenant/s utility invoices or breach notices. The lessor can request compensation...
Rent and other payments
The tenancy may end if the rent falls behind. If the tenant/s have a problem making the payments, they should explain their financial situation to the lessor and make alternative arrangements to pay the arrears in full. If the tenant/s are behind in rent payments, the lessor is entitled to follow...
Rent and other payments
The lessor is responsible for the property having a minimum level of security in place. The minimum security relates to door locks, window locks and exterior lights. The security required is specified in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. All rental properties must be in line with the...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
We all have the right to enjoy our home. Quiet enjoyment is the right for both you and your neighbour/s to occupy, use and enjoy your homes in reasonable privacy without interruption. Overall, your lessor (landlord) or property manager shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your property in complete...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The tenant should notify the landlord in writing about any non urgent repairs, detailing what needs to be repaired. The landlord does not have to fix items if they are items that were disclosed as not working before the tenancy agreement was entered into, or they are items which the tenant could...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights

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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
Pedrini Franchising Pty Ltd (reg. BC7215) and its directors Mark Pedrini, who is also the company’s nominated supervisor (PC7215 and PP7356), and Natalie Pedrini have been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines totalling $6,000 and costs of $975 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
East Perth registered building contractor, J-Corp Pty Ltd (BC6415), has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
Collie painter Troy Raymond Anderson, trading as T & S Painting, has been ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and costs of $569.64 after being successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences.
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Apr 2016
Jandakot tiler Jose Antonio Arguijo , as the sole director and secretary of Plaza Tiling Pty Ltd , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences the company committed when carrying out renovations in Rockingham and Como between June 2011 and March 2013. In the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 March 2016, Mr Arguijo was ordered to pay fines of $66,700, compensation totalling $109,865...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Mar 2016

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