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Residential rental (or lease) agreements are either periodic or fixed-term. All written tenancy agreements must be done using the Residential tenancy agreement (Form 1AA) . Whether the agreement is written or verbal, a tenant must also be given the ' Information for tenant ' sheet. If the agreement...
Beginning a tenancy
Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions. Distinguishing between tenants, boarders and lodgers It is not always easy to...
Types of rental accommodation
Whether you are a lessor / landlord or tenant - you should make sure you do your homework before signing a rental agreement. Tenants Make sure the property meets your day-to-day needs. Ask yourself: Can you pay the rent and still have money to live? Is it close to shops, schools or public transport...
Beginning a tenancy
The proactive compliance program assists retirement village managers with complying with legislative requirements, identifying and rectifying areas of risk and providing general advice. This is achieved through voluntary agency visits and industry seminars. Proactive compliance visits are designed...
Managing a retirement village

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8 September 2015 The Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection) would like to highlight a Secret Harbour real estate agent’s vigilance in identifying an overseas...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Sep 2015
17 August 2015 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Sep 2015
31 August 2015 Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 (the RT Regulations) have been gazetted in the Government Gazette of 21 August 2015 . The changes come into effect on various...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Sep 2015
Agents should advise the Commissioner for Consumer Protection as soon as practicable, or within five working days, when a trust account is: opened , or closed or amended . Examples of trust account...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 May 2018
7 August 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to advise settlement agents of an increase in the information contained within the Property Interest Report (PIR) issued by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Aug 2015
7 August 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to advise agents of additional information contained within the Property Interest Report (PIR) issued by Landgate. The PIR now...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Aug 2015
FAQs – licensed agents Why an electronic submission system? Electronic transactions or eTransactions gives you the ability to submit tenancy bond lodgements, variations (tenant and lessor changes)...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2017
15 June 2015 As cooler and wetter weather approaches, property managers should consider reminding their lessors to undertake pre-emptive seasonal maintenance. Preventative measures can decrease the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
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

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