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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...
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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...
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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...
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Manual and assessment for mandatory CPD 2013 for real estate agents and business brokers. You should download and read the manual before doing the assessment. The manual is a handy reference and will...
Consumer Protection
Training material
27 May 2015
1 May 2015 Electronic conveyancing (e-conveyancing) will enable the electronic settlement of real property transactions; the preparation and electronic lodgement of land registry documents;...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
E-conveyancing is coming to Western Australia E-conveyancing - background The Council of Australian Governments agreed to deliver a National Electronic Conveyancing System (NECS) to the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Apr 2015
22 April 2015 A Victoria Park real estate agent has been fined $3,500 and disqualified from holding a licence and triennial certificate for 18 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (on 11 March...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
8 April 2015 A former property manager working for a Shenton Park real estate agency has been banned permanently from working in the industry and fined $20,000 for making illegal withdrawals from the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
The transition table outlines changes between the Interim Code of Fair Practice for Retirement Villages in the Fair Trading (Retirement Villages Interim Code) Regulations (No. 2) 2014 which expires...
Consumer Protection
Policies
07 Apr 2015
24 March 2015 Obtaining and communicating all available material facts to the parties in a transaction is an essential part of the real estate process. It is a direct requirement under the Code of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
20 March 2015 Key dates From 20 March 2015 use the amended prescribed Form 1AC Information for Tenant and Form 1AD Information for Tenant with Non-written Tenancy Agreement now available on the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
11 March 2015 A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and both he and his agency have been fined for employing an unregistered sales representative. On 27 February 2015, Kirsten Leigh Hopla...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
18 Jun 2015
Manual and online assessment for mandatory CPD 2012 for property managers. You should download and read the manual before doing the assessment. The manual is a handy reference and will help you...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
06 May 2015

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