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In planning housing and lifestyle options, some people consider re-financing options that allow them to access equity built up in their existing home. Equity is the difference between the value of your home and any amount you still owe on it. The accessing equity fact sheet is available in the...
Accessing equity
Before you make any major decision about your housing options, please research your options thoroughly. It is a good idea to review the laws relating to your accommodation choice and to get independent advice. Resources Acts and regulations Copies of the Acts listed in this guide can be found at...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
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 absolutely...
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

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15 February 2016 A review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act) has been commenced by the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection). The purpose of this...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Feb 2017
All settlement agents who hold or receive money on behalf of others relating to a settlement transaction in Western Australia are required to open and maintain trust accounts. The Settlement Agents...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
22 Mar 2018
Charts showing the process for serving notices to tenants for a breach.
Consumer Protection
Information
14 Aug 2018
8 February 2017 Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed settlement agents. Failure to complete your CPD requirements could result in your triennial...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Feb 2017
6 February 2017 Figures received from the Bond Administrator show there were 683 late bond lodgements in January 2017, an increase of 35% on December’s figures. Consumer Protection is concerned by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Feb 2017
12 January 2017 From 2017 the Commonwealth Government is introducing new reporting requirements in relation to real estate property transfers in Western Australia. Landgate, the lead agency involved...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
12 Jan 2017
3 January 2017 Don’t leave it to the last minute to organise your annual trust account audit. By law all real estate agents (agents) who have held or received monies in trust are required to submit...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jan 2017
22 December Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed real estate agents and business brokers, as well as all registered real estate sales representatives and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Jan 2017
There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
04 Oct 2017
Background In December 2015 the State government released a bushfire reform package in response to planning and building recommendations from the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills bushfire of 2011...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Dec 2016

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A landlord who spent tenants’ security bonds, harassed a tenant and took too much rent money up front, has been fined $24,000 after Consumer Protection prosecuted him for breaching tenancy laws. 37-year-old Carl Raymond Olsen of Meekatharra, who owned and leased out a property in High Wycombe during 2013 and 2014, failed to appear at the Midland Magistrates Court to face charges on 27 October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2015
A real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence over the depositing and recording of payments from tenants. Chukwudi Nnamdi Ejindu , trading as Black Swan Real Estate of Landsdale, had accepted 13 cash payments from tenants between January 2013 and June 2014 and held them in his office safe. It...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2015
Wanneroo flooring installer Stewart John Granger , trading as Floors by Stewart , has been fined $2,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $871.70 to the Building Commissioner for contractual offences. On 2 October 2015, Mr Granger pleaded guilty and was convicted of two charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The first charge against Mr Granger was for...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Oct 2015
Thornlie man Kim Godfrey (PL986 – suspended) has been fined and had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
30 Sep 2015
A Kalgoorlie real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and the agent suspended from holding a licence and triennial certificate for nine months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after making an illegal withdrawal from the agency’s trust account. Vasad Pty Ltd , trading as Fyson & Associates , and its licensee Christopher Hugh Fyson faced disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2015
A Mandurah real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been fined for failing to disclose important information about a property prior to its sale. LBC Holdings Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Mandurah , was fined $3,000 and sales representative Craig John Timmens was fined $1,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal in a settlement of disciplinary action taken by Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2015
Rockingham builder Gary Alan Cramphorn (reg. BC10775 & BP10775) has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to produce records to confirm his financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
16 Sep 2015
Karawara unregistered painter Tom Tomic has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unauthorised painting work at a Wilson property in 2012.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2015
A Kinross man who was the subject of a joint public warning by the Building Commission, Energy Safety and Consumer Protection in August has registered a new business name, prompting a renewed call for consumers to be vigilant when engaging anyone to carry out plumbing or gasfitting services.
Building Commission
Media release
07 Sep 2015
The Building Commissioner is warning the public to exercise caution in any dealings with Frayson Pty Ltd (Frayson) or its sole director Dianella man Armand Noor , after receiving information the company may be continuing to operate after its registration was suspended earlier this year.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Aug 2015

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