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The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - contracts and agreements fact sheet. Family agreements A family agreement is an arrangement made between an older person and another party, usually family, friends or carers. The older person agrees to sell or...
Contracts and agreements
Whether building, buying, renting, moving to a retirement village, purchasing services or refinancing, you are likely to be entering into a legal contract between yourself and another party. The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - Contracts and agreements...
Contracts and agreements
Home ownership may not suit everyone's budget or lifestyle so it may be worthwhile considering the alternatives: Boarding and Lodging If you are a boarder, you pay rent to stay at another person's property and meals are usually provided. Lodgers pay rent to stay at another person's property, but...
Buying a property
Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room, or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Residential Parks Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always...
Specialised accommodation
Residential aged care facilities provide accommodation and care ranging from low to high level care. The Seniors housing guide has general information available on aged care. Many of these care facilities are regulated by the Federal Government and entry is based on your care needs, as determined...
Specialised accommodation
Many people prefer to stay in their home and maintain their independence as they age. Staying at home in the environment you know, with familiar neighbours, shops and other facilities may be a good option, but sometimes you might need assistance to remain at home. The help to stay in your home fact...
Your own home
Some people choose to sell their home and 'down size' by buying a unit or apartment, which are often strata titled. A strata title is a certificate of title for a lot and a share in the common property in a strata scheme set up under the Strata Titles Act 1985 . The strata scheme dictates what you...
Your own home
Ancillary accommodation or a 'granny flat' on an existing property can be a convenient and cost effective option for some people. It can allow families to use their existing land and provide close access whilst still ensuring independence. Granny flats may be an extension to the home or a separate...
Your own home

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WorkSafe and Consumer Protection have issued a joint warning about a conman who is masquerading as a licensed asbestos removal expert, leaving consumers dangerously exposed to asbestos as well as out of pocket. David Leslie Patrick Back , also known as Davic and trading as Southside Asbestos Removals or Southside Asbestos and Demolition (both unregistered) , has accepted payment for work either...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2015
Consumer Protection today launched a campaign to help prevent Indigenous consumers from signing up for funeral plans that can be expensive, complex and not suitable for their needs. The “Avoid a funeral R.I.P-off” national campaign provides helpful advice for Indigenous Australians about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law, before buying a funeral plan or funeral cover. Commissioner...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians not to deal with Gerardus (Gerry) Hermanus Jorissen who has sent at least $200,000 of other people’s money to overseas criminals under the guise of an investment scheme. Mr Jorissen who lives in Moora, came to the attention of authorities in 2013 as a possible fraud victim identified by Project Sunbird – an anti-fraud initiative run...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians, particularly those in remote and regional communities, about door-knockers offering ‘free’ laptops to people who sign up for courses. Acting Commissioner David Hillyard says varying reports are being looked into and there’s a common theme that consumers are on a low-income and thought they were dealing with someone working for, or associated...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
An 80-year-old from WA’s South West has lost more than $15,000 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Centrelink and claimed the man’s pension payments would be stopped unless he paid money supposedly owed to a telecommunications company. Fred, who doesn’t want to use his surname, was contacted about eight weeks ago and advised that he owed thousands of dollars to Sure Telecom and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2015
The suspicious minds of officers from Consumer Protection and Australia Post have saved about 200 West Australians from ‘heartbreak hotel’ as part of a new initiative targeting overseas fraudsters. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said in the past two months, 600 letters containing payments totalling almost $19,000 were stopped from being sent to overseas criminals and returned to victims. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2015
Amendments to laws governing retirement villages will ensure residents have clearer information about the fees they are required to pay and will make operators more accountable for the services they provide. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the changes would be phased in over the next 16 months. “Under the amendments, retirement village contracts must include specific information about the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection has issued an alert after many West Australians desperate to get a loan have been duped by online loan scams. In the past 12 months, 13 people have reported losses of more than $25,000 after applying for loans online and then being contacted by scammers. They are told their loan has been approved and asked to pay fees upfront in the belief that they would then receive their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2014
Western Australian consumers are being warned about a Ballajura man who is under investigation for promoting pyramid schemes based in the United States. Leon Shipard (75) has been promoting the AndThanks2U website ( www.andthanks2u.com ) by posting leaflets in the letterboxes of Perth homes and advertising in the ‘business opportunities’ section of the Quokka classified newspaper. Quokka has now...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Oct 2014
A home handyman has been fined a total of $4,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $1,100 compensation to two consumers after taking deposits but failing to carry out the work. Michael David Wells of St James had advertised his home repair service on community noticeboards at local supermarkets in Carlisle and Brentwood, where two consumers obtained his contact details. In March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Oct 2014

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