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Arrive for the hearing on time or a little earlier. Let a court official know you are there, then go to the waiting room. Remain within hearing distance of the court room. If you are not there when your case is called, it could start without you and the magistrate might make an order which may not...
Having problems with renting a home?
Obvious maintenance and repair issues should be noted in the property condition report which is required to be completed by the landlord/lessor when the tenant moves into and out of the property. Tenants must keep the property reasonably clean and are expected to hand it back in a similar condition...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The magistrate usually conducts the hearing in the following way (except in the case of a Form 6 application for a bond dispute, where the owner always proceeds first): The applicant tells their story (evidence) and presents any documents in support of their case. Then the respondent questions (...
Having problems with renting a home?
Whether you win or lose in court may depend on whether you followed the correct procedures in handling the dispute from the beginning to the court stage, and how thorough you are in preparing your evidence. Make sure you have records of all notices, receipts and other relevant documents that will...
Having problems with renting a home?
Applications must be made to the court closest to the rented premises, unless the parties in the dispute agree to a different arrangement. Check with the court as to how this can be done. The address of the court where the hearing will take place is shown on a form, which will be sent to you. Court...
Having problems with renting a home?
A glossary for residential tenancies Assign the premises : To transfer rights to occupy the premises and associated responsibilities to another person. Bond: Money paid by the tenant and held by the Bond Administrator as security against damage to the premises. Breach of agreement: The breaking of...
Renting tools
When can a person be listed on a database? A person can only be listed on a residential tenancy database if: they were named as a tenant in a residential tenancy agreement that has ended; they breached the agreement; and because of the breach either: they still owe more than the security bond...
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The most common disputes which end up in court include: disputes about the return of bond money; overdue rent; damage to property; maintenance of the premises; and problems when ending tenancy agreements. Whatever the problem, the most important thing to remember is lessors and tenants should keep...
Having problems with renting a home?
Tenancy databases may be used by lessors as a way of screening prospective tenants. Lessors can look in tenancy databases to help them select tenants. If they do they must let prospective tenants know in writing which database they use and if they find any information in it about any of the...
Renting tools
The way you manage a dispute about the disposal of a bond depends on the type of accommodation you are renting. Residential tenancy At the end of a residential tenancy, if you can't come to an agreement about getting a disposal form signed or if a dispute arises over how the bond money should be...
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Input wanted during review of property industry rules - 27 May 2013 The Department of Commerce has released a discussion paper which reviews the property industry Codes of Conduct. The paper aims to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
SCAM ALERT: Government Officer Impersonated - 12 April 2013 A licence applicant recently informed the Department they were contacted by someone impersonating a Consumer Protection licensing officer...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
Ascertain pertinent facts through a Certificate of Title - 10 July 2013 Licensed land valuers (valuers) are reminded of their obligation to determine and verify pertinent facts through a Certificate...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
Land Valuers Licensing (Remuneration) Notice 2013 - 18 September 2013 The Minister for Commerce has approved the Land Valuers Licensing (Remuneration) Notice 2013 (the Notice) prescribing the maximum...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
$33,000 in fines for fake testimonials - 27 November 2013 The Department’s recent action against a motor vehicle repair company for publishing fake online testimonials is a timely reminder of the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
Release of fee deregulation position paper for consultation - 14 May 2014 The Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Anne Driscoll, has released a position paper proposing that government regulation...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
Manual and assessment for mandatory CPD 2014 for real estate sales representatives. You should download and read the manual before doing the assessment. The manual is a handy reference and will help...
Consumer Protection
Training material
08 Sep 2017
e-conveyancing is coming to Western Australia - 8 May 2015 Electronic conveyancing (e-conveyancing) will enable the electronic settlement of real property transactions; the preparation and electronic...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Jun 2015
21 May 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received an increase in complaints from tenants that their lessors and property managers have set appointments for inspections without...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
Manual and assessment for mandatory CPD 2014 for real estate sales representatives. You should download and read the manual before doing the assessment. The manual is a handy reference and will help...
Consumer Protection
Training material
08 Sep 2017

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