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Unless you are a suitably qualified lawyer, it would be very unwise to try to carry out the settlement of your own property. It's a complex and time consuming business, with many traps for the unwary. When you are buying a property, it is necessary for all the paperwork to be completed and all the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
When you are looking at properties, you will often come into contact with real estate agents or sales representatives. The most important thing to understand about real estate agents or sales representatives when buying a property is that they have been hired by the seller. The aim of the agent is...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Tenant wants to end a tenancy You can end a periodic tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason, but tenants must give the lessor a minimum 21 days' notice in writing. Should the premises be destroyed, compulsorily acquired by law, or become uninhabitable (this applies to both periodic...
When a tenancy ends
There are various reasons for ending a tenancy. These can range from something as simple as wanting to move on, to the tenant/s or the lessor/property manager not keeping to the terms of the agreement. The proper way to end the agreement will depend on why the tenancy is ending and whether it’s a...
When a tenancy ends
Tenants cannot be asked to pay any additional money other than rent and security bond during a tenancy agreement. The lessor cannot ask tenant/s to pay any administration fees, re-inspection fees or charges for sending tenant/s utility invoices or breach notices. The lessor can request compensation...
Rent and other payments
The lessor is responsible for the property having a minimum level of security in place. The minimum security relates to door locks, window locks and exterior lights. The security required is specified in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. All rental properties must be in line with the...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
We all have the right to enjoy our home. Quiet enjoyment is the right for both you and your neighbour/s to occupy, use and enjoy your homes in reasonable privacy without interruption. Overall, your lessor (landlord) or property manager shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your property in complete...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The tenant should notify the landlord in writing about any non urgent repairs, detailing what needs to be repaired. The landlord does not have to fix items if they are items that were disclosed as not working before the tenancy agreement was entered into, or they are items which the tenant could...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Urgent repairs fall into two categories: essential services and other urgent repairs. A suitable repairer must be found within a reasonable timeframe. There are some times when a tenant may need to arrange for the repairer. Essential services Essential services are listed in the Residential...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed: Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished. Only one person is...
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Publications

16 September 2016 Consumer Protection would like to remind real estate agents and sales representatives about fulfilling their obligations in respect of the laws governing the real estate industry...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
8 September 2016 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Commissioner for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Sep 2016
Blind and curtain cord safety 25 August 2016 In light of a recent incident of the near strangulation of a toddler in a rental property, the Department would like to remind agents of their...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
19 August 2016 Consumer Protection recently issued a warning to all organisations in WA about ‘ man in the middle scams ’. A ‘man in the middle’ attack occurs when a decision-maker in the business or...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
19 August 2016 Consumer Protection recently issued a warning to all organisations in WA about ‘ man in the middle scams ’. A ‘man in the middle’ attack occurs when a decision-maker in the business or...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
19 August 2016 Consumer Protection recently issued a warning to all organisations in WA about ‘ man in the middle scams ’. A ‘man in the middle’ attack occurs when a decision-maker in the business or...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
20 July 2016 As of 23 July 2016, some of Consumer Protection's client services will be located at the Mason Bird Building 303 Sevenoaks Street Cannington. Licensing and bonds services are moving...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
20 July 2016 As of 23 July 2016, some of Consumer Protection's client services will be located at the Mason Bird Building 303 Sevenoaks Street Cannington.
Mason Bird building map
Mason Bird building map, by Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
20 July 2016 As of 23 July 2016, some client services of Consumer Protection will be located at the Mason Bird Building 303 Sevenoaks Street Cannington.
Mason Bird building map
Mason Bird building map, by Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
14 July 2016 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the financial year ending 30 June 2016, or part thereof, audited. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection (the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016

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Announcements

Removal of some licence application requirements eases the burden on business Criteria to qualify as a ‘small retail shop’ expanded Significant reductions in red tape for Western Australian businesses, as well as further easing of retail trading restrictions. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said changes to the Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 would help the retail, motor...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2014
Free app provides handy information for tenants Useful reminders and other tools help tenants know their legal rights Western Australian tenants will be able to manage their tenancy at the click of a button thanks to a new smartphone app launched today. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the free app would help tenants easily calculate the maximum amount they might have to pay a landlord...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2014
A settlement agent has been cautioned by the State Administrative Tribunal over the misuse of his trust account. Sydney James Chesson , trading as Master Settlements of St Georges Terrace Perth, had used his trust account for transactions which were not for the purpose of a settlement, a breach of the Settlement Agents Act. In issuing a caution on 30 September 2014 rather than imposing a fine,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2014
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 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 the management of two rental properties and the operation of their trust accounts. Prosser Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as Swan River Real Estate , was fined a total of $15,000 and ordered to pay Court costs of $2,500...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2014
A new contract for the Seniors’ Housing Centre will ensure the partnership between Consumer Protection and peak seniors’ organisation, the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA), will continue to help seniors get advice about housing options. The centre is funded by the State Government through the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Local Government and Communities. Commerce...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2014
A real estate sales representative has been fined $3,500 for misconduct over the sale of a Warnbro property in November 2012. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against Dane Stephen Rawlings after an investigation into the sale found he had breached the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives. Mr Rawlings faced two charges and was fined $1,500 and $2,000 on each by the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Aug 2014
WA authorities have warned real estate and settlement agents to be on high alert following the reported real estate fraud in the ACT. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll believes the criminals responsible will be encouraged by their success to make further fraud attempts. “Everyone in the property industry, particularly those involved in property management and sales, should have a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection is holding information sessions to explain a current review of the laws that apply to about 29,000 people living long-term in residential parks across WA. Views are being sought from the caravan, mobile home, park home and lifestyle village communities in response to a consultation paper that was released in June 2014. The paper sets out possible options to change the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jul 2014

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