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The Fidelity Guarantee Account helps provide financial reimbursement to people who suffer pecuniary loss or loss of property through the criminal or fraudulent actions of a licensed real estate or business agent, real estate settlement or business settlement agent or their employees in the course...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Settlement agents set their own fees which must be disclosed to the client in writing prior to entering into any agreement. Agents must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. Removing the cap and deregulating fees will allow...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
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

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28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 May 2017
The Department has received another report of a scam attempt. Fortunately, the scam was thwarted by the property buyer’s attention to detail. The scammer attempted to divert settlement funds from the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Apr 2017
The Department has received another report of a scam attempt. Fortunately, the scam was thwarted by the property buyer’s attention to detail. The scammer attempted to divert settlement funds from the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Sep 2017
31 March 2017 A Victoria Park property manager who misled her client regarding a licensing arrangement, has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal, and had her...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
5 April 2017 This bulletin replaces issue 136 Changes to the Sale of Land Act – what you need to know. On 3 April 2017, the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2016 (the Act) came into effect in Western...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
5 April 2017 This bulletin replaces issue 66 Changes to the Sale of Land Act – what you need to know. On 3 April 2017, the Sale of Land Amendment Act 2016 (the Act) came into effect in Western...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
6 April 2017 South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
21 March 2017 Real Estate misconduct: Reprimands and fines Your attention is drawn to a number of recent prosecution actions taken against real estate agencies, agents and sales representatives. The...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
22 March 2017 Register now - Information sessions for the electronic lodgement of land transfer documents Landgate invites all members of the conveyancing industry to attend a face-to-face or webinar...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Mar 2017
2 March 2017 All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2016 calendar year, or part thereof, are required to have their trust accounts...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Mar 2017

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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
A property manager has been disqualified from holding a real estate and business agents’ licence and triennial certificate for five years for failing to deposit income from rental properties into a trust account. Van Dung Nguyen, formerly of Girrawheen, was also fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal on 20 November 2014. Mr Nguyen faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection after...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2014
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

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