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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 where relevant, common areas or chattels within a common area, 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...
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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The iRentWA flyer is a customisable flyer for real estate and rental agents to use to promote their business and Consumer Protection's smartphone app iRentWA to their clients. How to use the flyer...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
16 Jan 2019
Verse Property Group An East Victoria Park real estate agency has been fined $8,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for the late lodgement of tenancy bonds to the Bond Administrator. Verse (Aust) Pty...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Mar 2018
08 March 2018 30 month ban for real estate sales rep over unfair and dishonest conduct (Olivia Murray) A real estate sales representative who purported to work for a Wanneroo real estate agency after...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2018
The BondsOnline eTransactions system will be temporarily unavailable to allow for system maintenance and enhancement.
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Feb 2018
31 January 2018 Consumer Protection wants you to be aware that from 8 February 2018, when you submit a bond disposal, a new survey will appear in the eTransaction Number confirmation box that you...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
31 Jan 2018
January 2018 Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Feb 2018
January 2018 Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
January 2018 Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
15 January 2018 Trust account audit period has commenced All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2017 calendar year, or part thereof,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
8 January 2018 Kick start 2018 by getting your CPD points early! Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed settlement agents. Failure to complete your CPD...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018

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A Wanneroo real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over errors in accounting for the agency’s trust account. Urban WA Real Estate Pty Ltd and licence holder Robyn Angela Horsman were fined $1,500 each on 10 April 2015 and were ordered to pay total costs of $750. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2015
A property management company and its licensee have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal over the misuse of the agency’s trust account. South Coast Realty (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Rental Solutions of Hay Street Perth, was fined $3,000 and licence holder Kim Edward Turner was fined $1,000 on 26 March 2015. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action after an audit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2015
A Sydney-based property management company has been fined a total of $9,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court after advertising properties for rent and managing them on behalf of their owners without being licensed in Western Australia, as well as failing to lodge two bonds with the Bond Administrator. H and Z Group Pty Ltd , trading as Asset HQ Property Management Specialists , had lodged an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2015
The Perth Magistrates Court has given Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation) a $30,000 fine, its Director Norman Phillip Carey a $6,000 fine and ordered him to pay costs of $97,449 for making false or misleading representations to consumers. While handing down his decision on 12 March 2015, Magistrate Malone denied Mr Carey’s application for a spent conviction. Mr Carey was found guilty on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Mar 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 2015) after making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Tracey Leanne Wilson , a former Director and employee of a Victoria Park real estate agency, faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
A 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 agency’s trust account. Jenelle Lee Maslin of Innaloo, who is a registered real estate sales representative, made 14 unauthorised withdrawals from the agency’s trust account amounting to almost $30,000 between January...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 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 was fined a total of $3,200 and ordered to pay costs of $948 by the Perth Magistrates Court for carrying out the functions of a real estate sales representative without a certificate of registration. Magistrate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2015
The Building Commission has released the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) as the first part of the public comment phase of the statutory review of the Architects Act 2004 . The review addresses some broad policy issues concerning the need to register architects, the adoption of a national recognition model, whether to extend the registration of architects to other building design...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Feb 2015
Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them essential information on tenancy laws and handy tools to help them manage their tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is confident the app will help...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
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

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