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The following information explains what payments can be passed on from council rates, water, gas and electricity charges. Council rates Tenancy agreements from 1 July 2013 cannot make a tenant liable for paying council rates. For a tenancy agreement prior to 1 July 2013 that has not been renewed,...
Rent and other payments
If the tenant is causing or is likely to cause serious damage to a property, or the landlord believes they could injure an agent, a neighbour or the landlord, the landlord can apply immediately to the Magistrates Court for an order to end the agreement. An urgent hearing may be possible if the...
Having problems with renting a home?
If the tenant is permitted to keep pets capable of carrying parasites which can affect humans, a pet bond may be charged. Lessors/agents must lodge the security bond as a single amount, specifying the amount taken as pet bond. The amount a tenant can be charged for a pet bond depends on the type of...
Bonds
At the end of a tenancy, bond money will only be paid out if: all tenants and the lessor agree; a court order is obtained from a magistrate for a residential tenancy agreement; or an order is obtained from the State Administrative Tribunal for a residential parks long-stay tenancy agreement...
Bonds
A security bond may need to be changed/varied because: additional bond money needs to be lodged with the Bond Administrator, for example because the rent has been increased; one or more of the tenants in a shared household has moved out or a new tenant has moved in; the ownership of the property...
Bonds
Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator, as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after receipt of the money. How you lodge a bond is detailed below and depends on whether you are a private lessor or an agent/property manager. If more than one person has paid the bond (eg in a...
Bonds
If the rent is overdue A landlord can have the tenancy terminated if the tenants present a bad cheque or fall behind with their rent and can’t make up the payment within an agreed time. It’s important to remember there are procedures which must be followed. Remember, landlords can’t just evict or...
Having problems with renting a home?
If you are serving a notice or issuing documentation (eg property condition reports), you will find certain periods of notice are required for certain actions. It is important you allow the correct number of days for the delivery of a notice because a court may determine the notice is ineffective...
Notices and condition reports
Proper procedures must be observed when serving a notice. If the matter ends up in court, the person who prepared the notice would have to prove the notice was served correctly. Three handy charts were developed to help you understand the use and service on notices, particularly for the breach and...
Notices and condition reports
If you’re unhappy with the way the tenancy is going, for example the care or maintenance of the property or rent payments and inspections, try to sort out the issue amicably first. If you still can’t agree, the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 can help to sort things out in a more formal and...
Having problems with renting a home?

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10 June 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) calls on agents to be vigilant in keeping a close eye on the operation of the agency’s trust account in light of two recent cases. The two...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
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

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