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Property investment promoters, or spruikers, invite people to their ‘wealth creation’ seminars, often for free, with the promise of investment tips or opportunities. They typically promote a property investment system or market a specific property development. The seminars are often promoted...
Buying a property
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

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While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
22 September 2017 Your tenant is late paying the rent, so what action can you take? You have received a complaint about your tenant’s antisocial behaviour, or suspect that there are extra people...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Feb 2018
21 September 2017 During the last week, Consumer Protection has received reports of scams involving the property industry. Unfortunately, some of those scams were successful, with one scam alone...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Sep 2017
21 September 2017 During the last week, Consumer Protection has received reports of scams involving the property industry. Unfortunately, some of those scams were successful, with one scam alone...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Sep 2017
14 September 2017 Your tenant notifies you the hot water system at your rental property is broken or the sprinkler head is broken, what would you do? If you want to avoid an all-too-common...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Sep 2017
6 September 2017 It's time to get it right Do you understand the lessor's rights and obligations regarding a final property inspection? Does the tenant need to be present? What does the final...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Sep 2017
Eastern states criminals target Perth landlords South-East Asian crime gangs, based in the eastern states, are renting Perth homes and turning them into indoor cannabis farms – dozens of homes have...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
06 Sep 2017
It's time to get it right Do you understand your rights and obligations regarding a final property inspection? Does the tenant need to be present? What does the final property condition report need...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection receives many enquiries from tenants about the presence of mould in their rental properties. The tenants are often concerned about the impact of the mould on their health, and the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Aug 2017
Consumer Protection receives many enquiries from tenants about the presence of mould in their rental properties. The tenants are often concerned about the impact of the mould on their health, and the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Sep 2017

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A Morley real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of trust accounts. Realocate Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Realty Executives , was fined $5,000 and licensee Keith Howes was fined $1,500 after admitting to the breaches. Both were ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in costs. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2016
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building Commission
Department News
01 Nov 2016
Western Australia's tenancy laws are under review to better protect and support victims of family violence in rental properties. Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an options paper had been released which proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to complement the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, which was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2016
A former York real estate agent and his son have been found to have engaged in misleading conduct after a ‘deceitful’ land deal which resulted in a $6 million profit for family members. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has upheld allegations by Consumer Protection against former licensees The King and I Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Colin King Real Estate , and its director Colin Maxwell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
On 17 October 2016, Home Australia Pty Ltd went into liquidation. Home Australia Pty Ltd (Home Australia Group) is the parent company of Collier Homes Pty Ltd (WA) in addition to Homestead Homes Pty Ltd (SA), Newstart Homes (S.E. QLD) Pty Ltd, Ashford Homes Pty Ltd (VIC) and Huxley Homes (NSW). Home owners currently building with Collier Homes (WA) will likely experience delays in the completion...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Oct 2016
WA tenants have lost money after being duped into paying for end of tenancy bond cleaning on their rental properties, but the cleaners didn’t turn up. Consumer Protection is warning tenants not to use the services of Express Professional Services Pty Ltd , trading as Simple Cleans , an online business operated by Cassandra Nicole Cooney , who is based in Alstonville (near Ballina) in northern New...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2016
New codes of conduct for real estate agents and sales representatives, settlement agents and land valuers come into effect today (5 October 2016), increasing transparency for people buying or selling property in Western Australia. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new codes were developed following detailed consultation between the regulator - Consumer Protection - and industry,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2016
A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves gained access to the agency’s bank accounts after malware was downloaded into their computer system, probably from an attachment being opened or a website link being clicked in a scam email. The installed malware allows the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Sep 2016
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, although boarding premises accommodating six or more people need to be registered with local government and comply with planning, health and other regulations. Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Sep 2016

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