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Off-the-plan sales contracts are agreements where a developer promises to deliver a parcel of land, a house and land package or a strata property to a buyer at an agreed price at a future date, subject to the developer obtaining all necessary approvals in respect of the development from the...
Buying a property
Selling through an agent Real estate agents contracted by the seller must act on behalf of the seller but are obliged to act responsibly and ethically to the buyer as well. Anyone in the business of buying, selling or leasing property on behalf of another person must either: hold a real estate...
Selling a property
You can sell your own property yourself or contact a qualified agent to handle the sale for you. If you choose to use an agent they will recommend a method of sale based on the: type and location of your property market conditions your timeframe and personal preference The agent should support...
Selling a property
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) requires a tradesperson and/or builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work: Service guarantee Product guarantee Businesses are obligated to meet all ACL consumer guarantees by law and they cannot be signed away. If you are having troubles with a...
Building or renovating a property
Before engaging someone to do the work: ask for a written quote contact your local council to find out whether any permits are required ask to see a certificate of currency for public liability insurance – this insurance will protect you or third parties against any damage the tradesperson may...
Building or renovating a property
Ask your family or friends to recommend an architect, builder or tradesperson they have recently used. Shop around and get recommendations. If you are using an architect, ask them to recommend two or three building practitioners who have worked for other clients, as a starting point. You should...
Building or renovating a property
Unless the contract makes specific provision, properties are sold in reasonably the same state as when first inspected. So it is essential to conduct a thorough physical inspection of the property prior to the settlement being finalised. Once you have inspected the property, if you want changes to...
Buying a property
When signing a contract of sale, it is recommended you make one of your conditions subject to a building inspection that is satisfactory to you. As the buyer, you will be responsible for contracting and paying for a suitably qualified building inspector, surveyor or architect to provide a...
Buying a property
Handy checklist to help you compare properties, to use at a pre-settlement inspection or before you accept the keys / take full ownership of the property. A pest inspection could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. For more information visit our pages on pest control . Property...
Buying a property
All Australian businesses must comply with the Australian Consumer Law. This law also applies to the property industry. Consumer guarantees on goods and services Unconscionable conduct Unfair contract laws False or misleading representations Misleading or deceptive conduct What we do: Provide...
Selling property

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19 June 2017 From 1 September 2016, it has been mandatory for real estate agents to carry out electronic bond transactions. The feedback from agents about the BondsOnline etransaction service (...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Jun 2017
Commonly reported trust account audit qualifications and how to deal with them The following list of questions are commonly reported and should be used as a guide. 1. Monthly bank reconciliations not...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
16 Jun 2017
14 June 2017 Consumer Protection is seeking community and Industry feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Jun 2017
WorkSafe is seeing ongoing non-compliance with wall chasing work, such as: Use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on-tool, exposing workers to toxic carbon monoxide;...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
13 Jun 2017
2 June 2017 A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
25 May 2017 A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been accessed by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Sep 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 May 2017
The Department has received another report of a scam attempt. Fortunately, the scam was thwarted by the property buyer’s attention to detail. The scammer attempted to divert settlement funds from the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Apr 2017
The Department has received another report of a scam attempt. Fortunately, the scam was thwarted by the property buyer’s attention to detail. The scammer attempted to divert settlement funds from the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Sep 2017

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Announcements

Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes , no longer holds a builder registration in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016
Hillarys man Saad Soliman (reg. BP10488), as the sole director, nominated supervisor and secretary of liquidated building company Benchmark Designer Homes (BC10941), has been ordered to pay by consent a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Aug 2016
A Maylands real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failures with its trust accounting. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Integrity , was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $308 for their accounting failures between January and November 2014 which breached the Real Estate and Business Agents (REBA) Act and the Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
Perth company Top Class Roof Restorations Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Troy Anthony Coward have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $7,000.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2016
Consumer Protection is reminding real estate agents about their responsibility to tell prospective buyers certain information about homes offered for sale. It comes after a State Administrative Tribunal mediation resulted in a reprimand, $1,000 fine and order for $500 costs, for a real estate agency that failed to tell a house-buyer about known sewerage issues. John L Realty Pty Ltd , formerly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2016
A real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to have a licensed director for almost two years. Chant Ram Pty Ltd, trading as Raine and Horne Cannington, was fined $2,500 and the person in bona fide control of the agency Maria Josephina Intini was also fined $2,500 for failing to properly supervise the agency for a period of 23 months, in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2016
Malaga company Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window & Door Replacement Company, and its sole director and secretary Stuart William Barrowman of Woodvale, have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $15,000.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Aug 2016
Malaga company Shed Systems Pty Ltd and its sole director David Walter Ah Chee have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined a total of $100,000 plus costs for contractual and registration-related offences.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016

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