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Residential park residents (tenants) are covered by a set of specific laws. If you are simply staying at a residential park for a holiday you are not covered by the same laws, however you still have general consumer rights. You are not covered by residential park laws if you are: on holiday; a park...
Site agreements
Think carefully before s igning a contract for a n established property as t here is no requirement for a cooling-off period in WA. The bottom of the offer and acceptance contract has space for you and the seller to include terms (or special conditions) in the contract. If the seller has included...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Settlement date The settlement date is the deadline for all the promises made in the contract to be completed. If all the contract terms have been satisfied, Landgate (formerly the Department of Land Information) will, upon lodgement of the relevant documents and a fee, transfer the title in the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Each year, participants must obtain six CPD points by completeing selected activities. Consumer Protection reviews the needs of the industry annually and prescribes the core and elective CPD subjects for the coming year. Only Consumer Protection approved activities can attract CPD points. Training...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
The CPD guide for settlement is a publication containing all the information provided on this website. All licensed settlement agents carrying on business in Western Australia who have current triennial certificates, are required to comply with the CPD program. The broad aims of the program are to...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
A security bond is a payment made in advance by a tenant to cover any costs for which the tenant may be liable at the end of the tenancy, such as damage to the property or chattels, outstanding water usage charges or unpaid rent. When a tenant pays the bond, the lessor must give a receipt on the...
Bonds
There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with the other person. Standard forms and notices When a notice is served, proper procedures must be...
Notices and condition reports
The standard contract for buying real estate in Western Australia is often called an offer and acceptance contract. The offer and acceptance contract is in two physically separate, but equally important parts. The titles of each part of the contract are listed below. Contract for Sale of Land or...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Change of ownership Tenants must be told if the park changes hands. Park managers should provide all tenants with these details including those on the park and absentee owners. Entering the tenant’s site, park home or caravan If the premises is rented, park managers can enter the site, park home or...
During a tenancy
Working together to improve park living A park with 20 or more long-stay sites must have a Park Liaison Committee (PLC) – even those with less can establish one. The PLC plays an advisory (not decision making) role, particularly in areas such as preparing and amending park rules and developing...
During a tenancy

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6 February 2017 Figures received from the Bond Administrator show there were 683 late bond lodgements in January 2017, an increase of 35% on December’s figures. Consumer Protection is concerned by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Feb 2017
12 January 2017 From 2017 the Commonwealth Government is introducing new reporting requirements in relation to real estate property transfers in Western Australia. Landgate, the lead agency involved...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
12 Jan 2017
3 January 2017 Don’t leave it to the last minute to organise your annual trust account audit. By law all real estate agents (agents) who have held or received monies in trust are required to submit...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jan 2017
22 December Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed real estate agents and business brokers, as well as all registered real estate sales representatives and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Jan 2017
There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
04 Oct 2017
Background In December 2015 the State government released a bushfire reform package in response to planning and building recommendations from the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills bushfire of 2011...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Dec 2016
Buying a property to rent out is a popular form of long-term investment in Australia. Before deciding to take on a rental property you should consider its value, how much it can earn, the cost of...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
07 Sep 2017
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. The code has been developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Code of conduct
07 Aug 2017
29 November As of 1 December 2016 Consumer Protection will take a harder line when agencies do not lodge residential tenancy bonds within the required time. Section 29 of Residential Tenancies Act...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Nov 2016
15 November 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...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Nov 2016

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Announcements

Halls Head man Roy Keith Perkins (TL2619), director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, has been fined and had his plumbing tradesperson’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
09 May 2016
West Perth building partnership Promeq Pty Ltd and Molouky Pty Ltd (reg. BC11750) has been fined $3,000 ($1,500 each partner) and its nominated supervisor Muin Qaqish of Subiaco (BC100885 & BP11578) $1,000 for negligent and misleading conduct as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
03 May 2016
A registered real estate sales representative has been fined a total of $8,000 and given a criminal conviction by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for managing a property without an agent’s licence as well as for breaching tenancy laws. Ebony Te Whakaaronga Cheetham of Clarkson was convicted in her absence on 22 April 2016 and also ordered to pay costs of $700. In December 2013 Ms Cheetham offered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2016
Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331), trading as Instyle Residence and New Life Renovations has had its building contractor registration cancelled, its sole director and secretary Armand Noor has been made an ineligible person for one year and both have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling $20,000 for the longest string of disciplinary allegations dealt with by the Building...
Building Commission
Media release
21 Apr 2016
North Fremantle building partnership Mark Desmond Tilbury (BP6681) and Susan Vaughane Tilbury (partnership BC11158) , trading as Mark Tilbury Home Improvements , have been cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
19 Apr 2016
Unregistered Rivervale painter Raymond Patrick O’Sullivan , trading as Prime Finishes Painting Services , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to comply with a building remedy order.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2016
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account used in the management of a property in Forrestdale. Atul Kapoor , trading as Harcourts Elite Real Estate of Canning Vale, had also received management fees without having a valid appointment to act as a property manager. The SAT ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
Pedrini Franchising Pty Ltd (reg. BC7215) and its directors Mark Pedrini, who is also the company’s nominated supervisor (PC7215 and PP7356), and Natalie Pedrini have been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines totalling $6,000 and costs of $975 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
07 Apr 2016
East Perth registered building contractor, J-Corp Pty Ltd (BC6415), has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building Commission
Media release
07 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Court case highlights landlord obligations A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords in WA, as well as real estate agents and property managers, to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws and to comply with them. In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7,200 by the Perth Magistrates Court after she...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Apr 2016

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