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All home sellers and landlords must ensure that residual current devices (RCDs) are installed in accordance with the Wiring Rules to protect all power points and lighting circuits. RCDs save lives RCDs cut the electricity supply instantly if a person touches a live part and receives a shock. By...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Whether building, buying, renting, moving to a retirement village, purchasing services or refinancing, you are likely to be entering into a legal contract between yourself and another party. The following information is also available on the Seniors housing guide - Contracts and agreements fact...
Contracts and agreements
Home ownership may not suit everyone's budget or lifestyle so it may be worthwhile considering the alternatives: Boarding and Lodging If you are a boarder, you pay rent to stay at another person's property and meals are usually provided. Lodgers pay rent to stay at another person's property, but...
Buying a property
Under a rent-to-buy scheme, the seller makes a rental agreement with the buyer at an above market rent rate. The buyer may only exercise the ‘option to buy’ at the end of the rental period if they can get the finance to pay the balance of the agreed purchase price and have complied with the terms...
Buying a property
iRentWA app iRentWA has been developed for renters in Western Australia based on residential tenancy laws to give you information about your rights and responsibilities as well as handy tools to help throughout your tenancy. You can use iRentWA to: easily calculate the maximum amount you might have...
Renting tools
Goods of little or no value If the estimated value of the goods left by the tenant is less than what it would cost for you to remove the goods, store the goods for at least 60 days, and sell the goods at public auction, you can apply for an Abandoned Goods Certificate. This includes jewellery,...
When a tenancy ends
Goods of value If the estimated value of goods, including motor vehicles, caravans, trailers or boats, is more than it would cost for you to remove, store and sell the goods at public auction, you must store the goods immediately in a safe place and manner for at least 60 days. Within 7 days of...
When a tenancy ends
Circumstances of Abandonment The most common circumstances in which a tenant vacates a property and leaves goods behind are: tenancy has ended normally tenancy has been terminated by a court order tenant has been evicted by the bailiff tenant has abandoned the property owing rent tenant has been...
When a tenancy ends
Ending a tenancy by mutual agreement If both the landlord and tenant agree, in writing, the tenancy agreement should end on a specified date, this is also acceptable and none of the more formal procedures (such as issuing notices) need apply. It’s important to ensure both parties sign a clear,...
When a tenancy ends
To ensure that the RCDs fitted to your property perform correctly, they must be tested at regular intervals. Energy Safety recommends that each RCD be tested every three months.
Residual Current Devices (RCD)

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5 November 2015 A lessor has been fined $24,000 after the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection) prosecuted him for breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Nov 2015
FAQs – licensed agents Why an electronic submission system? Electronic transactions or eTransactions gives you the ability to submit tenancy bond lodgements, variations (tenant and lessor changes)...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2017
Portable swimming pool safety considerations Q. What are some of the safety issues associated with portable swimming pools? A. Drowning of young children under five years of age in portable pools is...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
12 Feb 2015
What types of internal window coverings are a safety hazard for children?
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Aug 2016
19 October 2014 The Department has developed an app based on residential tenancy laws, to provide tenants with information about their rights and responsibilities. The app contains handy tools to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
10 October 2014 Don’t leave it ‘til it’s too late! Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement for renewing a real estate and business agent’s licence or a sales representatives/...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
11 September 2014 A South Perth real estate agency and its former property manager have been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
24 September 2014 As of 30 September 2014, the Property Industries Directorate, as well as Bonds Administration, will be located at Gordon Stephenson House in Perth and the Licensing Branch will be...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Aug 2017
28 August 2014 The Department of Commerce recently issued a media release regarding the national safety recall of Infinity brand electrical cables which do not comply with Australian safety standards...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
Mandarin Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014

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A man has been arrested in Nigeria in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia. Ntuen Promise EKENMINI was apprehended by Nigerian authorities yesterday when he attended an international courier office and attempted to collect documents with a forged driver’s licence in the name of the South African home owner. The documents related to a supposed settlement of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2013
The property industry in WA has been warned to be on high alert after recent attempts by overseas criminals to fraudulently sell two WA homes. In separate incidents, real estate agents were approached by fraudsters who successfully changed the contact details of the real owners of the properties, who both lived in South Africa. Copies of documents related to the management of the properties were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2013

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