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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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The approved activities listed in this document are for participants to attend in order to complete the required seven compulsory professional development (CPD) points of elective activity per...
Consumer Protection
Information
18 Oct 2017
21 March 2017 Real Estate misconduct: Reprimands and fines Your attention is drawn to a number of recent prosecution actions taken against real estate agencies, agents and sales representatives. The...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
22 March 2017 Register now - Information sessions for the electronic lodgement of land transfer documents Landgate invites all members of the conveyancing industry to attend a face-to-face or webinar...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Mar 2017
2 March 2017 All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2016 calendar year, or part thereof, are required to have their trust accounts...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Mar 2017
24 Feburary Settlement agents have recently notified the Department about being approached by a Victorian company regarding possible business arrangements that has raised concern. The Victorian...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
Elective activities must be approved by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection. Trainers are invited to submit professional development activities, which meet the aims and purpose of the CPD...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
21 Feb 2017
15 February 2016 A review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act) has been commenced by the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection). The purpose of this...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Feb 2017
The Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the Act) requires the strict maintenance of a formal set of trust account records that show at any time the state of a settlement agent’s trust account. This...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
15 Feb 2017
Charts showing the process for serving notices to tenants for a breach.
Consumer Protection
Information
10 Feb 2017
8 February 2017 Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed settlement agents. Failure to complete your CPD requirements could result in your triennial...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Feb 2017

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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
Waterford builder Nicholas Hunter (BC10879 and BP10879) has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work he carried out at a Bullcreek property between August and December 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Jun 2016
Building company Ribshire Pty Ltd (BC14107), trading as Goodline , and its director John Michael Kennedy (BP14106) have been ordered to pay fines totalling $10,000 for negligent conduct as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jun 2016
Piara Waters builder Param Jeet Singh Karnail Singh (BP14537) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work he carried out at properties in Willetton and Mirrabooka in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jun 2016
Dianella unregistered builder Silvano Rossi, trading as Deluxe Bathrooms, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out home building work at a Cottesloe property between March and September 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jun 2016
Rockingham builder Gary Alan Cramphorn (reg. BC10775 & BP10775), trading as Xtra Construction, has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $20,000 and costs of $3,200 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jun 2016
The licence of a Subiaco real estate agent has been suspended for nine months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after funds from the agency’s trust account were indirectly used to pay a tax debt. Zinzan (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as WA Prestige Properties, and sole Director and licensee Ian Hugh Sargent were reprimanded by the SAT, with the nine month suspension beginning today (1 June 2016...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2016
A supervisor has been appointed to take over the financial operation of a real estate agency in East Victoria Park. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has granted a supervision order in relation to Macro Realty Pty Ltd following an application by Consumer Protection. Macro Realty is suspended from carrying on its business and controlling the agency’s bank accounts. The supervisor Alan Ferris...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 May 2016
A national campaign has been launched by consumer regulators around Australia to warn potential property investors about property spruikers who claim to be ‘wealth creators’ but are really just in it for themselves. In WA, Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard is advising consumers attending these seminars to be wary of any deals promising big returns with low risk and to get...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2016

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