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If you are buying an established property to renovate, ask an architect, draftsperson or builder to report on the kind of work possible, some ideas may look good on paper but not be structurally sound. Even if you do not intend to renovate, a building inspection before you buy can identify repairs...
Buying a property
Buying a property is a major investment. Getting your first home can be both exciting and stressful. It is a major decision that takes planning and research, and careful budgeting. Know what you want and can afford Make a list of: your preferred areas essential features your wish list of non-...
Buying a property
Refunds of licence fees will be considered with reference to the particular circumstances, and the requirements of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (“the REBA Act”) and associated Regulations. The Commissioner may in “special circumstances” refund the whole or part of any fee paid for a...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
The lessor can ask a prospective tenant to complete an application form to help them assess the suitability of a tenant. A lessor can also look in a tenancy database . If they do they must let the prospective tenant know, in writing, which database they use and if they find any information. A...
Beginning a tenancy
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about real estate laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Publications Auditors of real estate agents CPD for real estate agents Consumer real estate publications Property developers...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Participants operating outside of the Western Australia, or in its remote and regional areas, will be given adequate opportunities to obtain their CPD points. A remote participant is any participant whose principal place of business falls outside a 100 km radius of Perth or Busselton. To assist...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Retirement village resources and sources of information There are a number of sources of information about retirement villages in Western Australia, some of which are outlined below. Consumer Protection: Contact the Seniors' Housing Centre on 1300 367 057. Read the So you're thinking of moving into...
Living in a retirement village
Most properties in Western Australia are sold through an offer and acceptance process. A person makes a formal offer in writing to buy a property, and the seller, sometimes called the vendor, can either make a counter offer, reject the offer, or accept it and communicate that acceptance to the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
A real estate auction is the process of buying and selling property by offering it to bidders at a forum conducted by a licensed auctioneer. Application for an auctioneer’s licence is made to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia . The property will be sold by an auctioneer to the bidder who...
Selling a property
Another option for building is to buy a block of land and build on the land at a later date. You should be aware that choosing a block of land can affect the cost of building and the design of house that will be possible to build. Making a good choice of block will depend on a number of factors,...
Buying a property

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23 June 2017 Impact on property sales of $750,000 or more On 1 July 2017, the proposed changes to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding (FRCGW) rate and threshold will take effect. These...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
12 Sep 2017
23 June 2017 Impact on property sales of $750,000 or more On 1 July 2017, the proposed changes to the foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) rate and threshold will take effect. These...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
12 Sep 2017
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

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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
Kinross man Hajir Mobin trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, whose conduct has been the subject of several public warnings and prosecution action by the Department of Commerce, has been prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016
Banksia Grove man Gordon Leslie Bodsworth , trading as Utopia Landscape Projects , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences he committed in contracting for landscaping work at an Iluka property in September 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Jul 2016
Como building company Richmount Enterprises Pty Ltd (BC11026) has been fined $1,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with orders of both the Building Commissioner and the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building Commission
Media release
20 Jun 2016

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