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Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
All licensees must provide written notification, within one month, when there is a change to the: directors of a body corporate; partners of a firm, including directors if a partner is a body corporate; or person in bona fide control. N ewly appointed directors must provide the following: Two...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
Home safety
CPD modules from the past three years are available online to help you meet your requirements under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978. There is a new topic each year. These topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments,...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
Land valuers set their own fees however a written disclosure of all fees for service must be disclosed to the client prior to entering into any agreement. Land valuers must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. As with any other...
Land valuers
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with land valuer specific information. Newsletters Land valuers newsletters Bulletins Land valuers bulletins Forms Application for a land valuer's licence...
Land valuers
A buyer’s agent provides a service directly to consumers looking to buy real estate. Buyer’s agents offer a number of different services, ranging from researching a single property to undertaking a complete search of available property, even evaluating and then negotiating the purchase of property...
Buying a property

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20 December 2017 Settlement agent fined over involvement in failed property deals (KDD Conveyancing Services Pty Ltd) An Ellenbrook settlement agent has been fined $14,000 by the State Administrative...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
First Western Realty / Ligaya Varela A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Dec 2017
28 November 2017 A Wandi property manager has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and a current triennial certificate. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau was also...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to consider if the pools and spas in rental properties conform to safety requirements. Pools and spas must be appropriately fenced according to the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
13 November 2017 A real estate sales representative has been permanently disqualified from ever holding a certificate of registration in WA and fined $1,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Nov 2017
1 November 2017 With only two months remaining for the 2017 calendar year Consumer Protection reminds you to check your Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) points tally. If you have not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Nov 2017
1 November 2017 With only two months remaining for the 2017 calendar year Consumer Protection reminds you to check your Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) points tally. If you have not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Nov 2017

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Renters, landlords and real estate agents in Western Australian have all emerged as winners as a result of the new electronic transaction process for lodging and returning tenancy bonds. Bonds Online was introduced by Consumer Protection in August 2015 where bonds could be electronically lodged with the Bonds Administrator. The system was further developed to provide for eTransactions – aimed at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
In December 2016 the Building Commission (in providing administrative support to the Plumbers Licensing Board) commenced delivering Western Australia’s drainage plumbing diagram service . This service was previously provided by the various sewerage service providers in Western Australia, including the Water Corporation. Since then Building Commission has developed an online search system for...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Aug 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and the person in bona fide control of the agency have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of the agency’s trust account. Bridgeline Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Alliance , was fined $3,000 and the person in bona fide control of the agency Rhonda Merle Massam was fined $1...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after failing to complete compulsory training requirements. Anthony Palermo of Dalkeith was subject to disciplinary action by Consumer Protection when he failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017
A real estate sales representative has been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and must pay a $1,000 fine and $500 in costs for breaching a special condition on his certificate of registration. Mark Bruce Hourn of Exmouth has failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in breach of the Real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2017
A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley was also ordered by the SAT to pay costs of $1,200. He admitted to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act, the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives by:...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2017
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017
A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been hacked by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being taken to have the fake ads removed and to have an email address being used by the scammers ( rentscall@gmail.com ) closed down. The scammers gained access to the western suburbs’ agency’s log in details for sites such...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
A real estate agent who forged signatures and prepared bogus listing and sales contracts has had his licence cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and has been banned from working in the industry in WA for 15 years. Joseph Weng Kong Cheong and his company Easy Invest Pty Ltd , formerly based in Rivervale, were reprimanded and their licences cancelled as a result of disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2017

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