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For the purposes of the information provided below, “mutual recognition” refers to the ability of a person who is registered in connection with an occupation in a state, territory or New Zealand to carry on an equivalent occupation in Western Australia, subject to the provisions of the Mutual...
Occupational licensing
Consumer Protection is advising tenants to be wary of products that are advertised as cheaper alternatives to rental bonds. These products are not legal in Western Australia How ‘bond replacement’ products compare to bonds Bonds At the start of a lease, tenants may be asked to pay a bond, usually...
Bonds
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
Bonds
Information for real estate consumers Consumer Protection have developed a number of publications to assist consumers with real estate transactions. Home buyers Home Buyers Survival Guide Sale by offer and acceptance Buying vacant land Buying land or property off-the-plan Timber pest inspections...
Buying a property
What can you do with goods abandoned by your tenant when they leave The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any abandoned goods. This information is intended to assist if you cannot contact them or they provide no instruction for...
When a tenancy ends
Keeping safe in your rental property Quick close this page To close this window immediately, click on the orange exit button (right on a desktop computer or bottom for a mobile device) or press Ctrl +W if you are using a keyboard. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your...
Having problems with renting a home?
Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate agents alike due to potential health and safety risks to occupants. Of primary concern are houses — mostly rental properties — that have been used to manufacture, grow or smoke illegal...
Having problems with renting a home?
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Status: CLOSED , Friday 30 June 2017 Background Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act , although boarding premises...
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30 July 2019 New! Information and resources regarding illegal drug activity in homes Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jul 2019
30 July 2019 How a mortgagee repossession would affect your tenants If you have failed to keep up with the mortgage payments for your rental property, the mortgagee (the bank, credit union etc.) may...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jul 2019
Significant changes to the Retirement Villages 1992 Act (RV Act) were put in place prior to 2016 as a result of the stage one review. Many of these changes focused on providing the consumer with more...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Aug 2019
15 July 2019 Faster and easier court orders with the eCourts Portal of Western Australia Use the eCourts Portal of Western Australia to take advantage of new features designed to receive your court...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Jul 2019
New! Family and domestic violence tenancy flowcharts for lessors and tenants When a tenant’s interest in a lease terminates due to family and domestic violence there are certain procedures that...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Jul 2019
27 June 2019 Licence renewals and reminders As mentioned in bulletin #87 , our Licensing Services team now sends out digital renewal reminders exclusively by SMS and email: Three months prior to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Jun 2019
A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
An on-site tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to being affected by family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with assist with managing notifications and date counting when the SAT orders a perpetrator tenant to leave due to family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when an on-site tenant leaves due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related forms: Notice of...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019

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New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court and a new Consumer Protection form can be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2019
Rosie Batty has given her support to planned changes to WA tenancy laws to assist renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV). The former Australian of the Year (2015), who has been a domestic violence campaigner since her son Luke was tragically murdered by his father, gave the endorsement during a visit to Kalgoorlie, where she met with Consumer Protection’s Senior Regional Officer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
A prominent Aboriginal artist has produced a painting to signify positive changes to WA tenancy laws, which will allow renters who’re experiencing family violence to end a lease quickly to leave for safety or have an alleged perpetrator removed from a tenancy agreement. Under the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018, which was passed in Parliament last night (19...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
The McGowan Government's new tenancy laws to better protect tenants experiencing family and domestic violence have passed through State Parliament. The passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill will provide more options and greater support for those experiencing family and domestic violence. The amendments are aimed at giving the victim better choices,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection says the prosecution of man, who forged a signature on an application to renew a real estate agent sales representative’s registration, should act as a warning about the importance of honesty in the industry. At Perth Magistrates Court on 8 February 2019, the Accused – who is not named because a spent conviction was granted – was fined $4,000 and ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2019
Lodging bonds late has resulted in a Busselton real estate agency being convicted and receiving a total of $3,500 in a fine and Court costs. Geographe Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as LJ Hooker Geographe Bay , was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court on 6 February 2019 after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to lodge bonds with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2019
A Port Hedland real estate agency and its director have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for misconduct relating to its property management services. The agency Real Estate Property Shop Network Pty Ltd was reprimanded and fined $3,000 for misconduct in relation to property management services, including making incorrect withdrawals from its trust account...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2019
Consumer Protection and the Department of Communities are joining forces to target landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds that were provided through a rental assistance program. Under the Bond Assistance Loan Scheme offered by the Department of Communities, eligible Western Australians can apply for an no interest and fee free loan to cover ingoing property costs (including all or part of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2019
A property developer has been fined $25,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation totalling $26,207 to three of his clients after pleading guilty on 25 January 2019 to accepting payment but failing to supply the goods and services. David John Leitch Emery , formerly of Busselton but now residing in Perth, was trading as DK & IE Projects and D1 One when the breaches of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2019

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