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Checklist Housing needs change with time. You maybe considering changes to your housing that better meet your finances, lifestyle or present or future needs, it is a big decision. Here are some questions you may want to consider before making any change: Know what you want. Make a list of what you...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
You can contact the Seniors's Housing Centre team by telephone, email or visiting our office. Phone 1300 367 057 Email seniors.housing@dmirs.wa.gov.au Office Perth CBD Location Level 2, 140 William Street PERTH WA 6000 Please note we have moved from our previous location, which was Ground Floor,...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
The following information is also available on the Seniors housing guide - contracts and agreements fact sheet. Family agreements A family agreement is an arrangement made between an older person and another party, usually family, friends or carers. The older person agrees to sell or transfer their...
Contracts and agreements
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
Information on government financial assistance for first home buyers A grant from the Home Buyers Assistance Account reimburses some of the incidental expenses incurred in connection with the purchase of a first home in Western Australia, provided the applicants meet all criteria. Eligible...
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

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3 March 2016 The Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 requires all agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2015 year, to cause the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2016
22 February 2016 The majority of real estate complaints lodged with the department involve residential tenancy or property management matters. Often these matters should not have occurred in the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2016
11 February 2016 Seaville Holdings Pty Ltd trading as First National Real Estate Karratha has received a reprimand and fine of $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for overcharging clients for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Feb 2016
4 February 2016 The Department of Commerce wishes to notify agents and property managers of some recent changes by the Magistrates Court and Australia Post in relation to their services. Increase in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Feb 2016
29 January 2016 As outlined in e-bulletin issue 53 , the regulation of fees will cease as of 3 February 2016. Settlement agents are able to determine the fee structure to charge their client for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jan 2016
As of 3 February 2016, regulation of fees has ceased. Settlement agents are now able to determine what fee to charge their client for their services in executing the transaction. A new fee disclosure...
Consumer Protection
Information
01 Sep 2017
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees for settlement agents will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Mar 2016
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees fixed for land valuers will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Jan 2016
11 December 2015 A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and is banned from holding a licence for five years after...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Dec 2015
14 December 2015 A Perth real estate agency is believed to have lost more than $45,000 in an elaborate accommodation scam which also involved them organising a Greek interpreter for a fictitious...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Dec 2015

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Announcements

The Perth Magistrates Court has given Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation) a $30,000 fine, its Director Norman Phillip Carey a $6,000 fine and ordered him to pay costs of $97,449 for making false or misleading representations to consumers. While handing down his decision on 12 March 2015, Magistrate Malone denied Mr Carey’s application for a spent conviction. Mr Carey was found guilty on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Mar 2015
A Victoria Park real estate agent has been fined $3,500 and disqualified from holding a licence and triennial certificate for 18 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (on 11 March 2015) after making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Tracey Leanne Wilson , a former Director and employee of a Victoria Park real estate agency, faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
A property manager working for a Shenton Park real estate agency has been banned permanently from working in the industry and fined $20,000 for making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Jenelle Lee Maslin of Innaloo, who is a registered real estate sales representative, made 14 unauthorised withdrawals from the agency’s trust account amounting to almost $30,000 between January...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2015
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and both he and his agency have been fined for employing an unregistered sales representative. On 27 February 2015, Kirsten Leigh Hopla was fined a total of $3,200 and ordered to pay costs of $948 by the Perth Magistrates Court for carrying out the functions of a real estate sales representative without a certificate of registration. Magistrate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2015
The Building Commission has released the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) as the first part of the public comment phase of the statutory review of the Architects Act 2004 . The review addresses some broad policy issues concerning the need to register architects, the adoption of a national recognition model, whether to extend the registration of architects to other building design...
Building Commission
Department News
27 Feb 2015
Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them essential information on tenancy laws and handy tools to help them manage their tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is confident the app will help...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
Tenancy regulations have changed which require tenants to be given vital information about potential hazards for children in the home. The regulations which underpin the Residential Tenancies Act mean that tenants must be given an information sheet outlining their key rights and obligations at the beginning of a new tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said that the forms...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Perth residents, particularly Seniors, after receiving reports of travelling conmen offering roof repairs. WA Police has received reports of four men approaching elderly residents in Subiaco, Nedlands and Dianella telling them that their roof is in need of repair and offering to carry out the work for a fee. The men, travelling in a ute, produced a business card...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2015
A Rockingham real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been fined $500 each by the Rockingham Magistrates Court after the sales representative worked without a current certificate of registration. Sand Dollar WA Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Rockingham , had employed the sales representative who continued to work for 22 months after their certificate of registration expired in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2014
A Gosnells real estate agency has been fined a total of $2,500 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for employing and paying commissions to an unregistered sales representative. Attree Pty Ltd , trading as Attree Real Estate, employed a sales representative who had received commission payments between August 2012 and May 2013 while that employee’s registration as a sales representative was not...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2014

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