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Coming Soon - Review of tenancy laws in Western Australia With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than ever are renting. Did you know that it’s been over 10 years since our tenancy laws were reviewed? Maybe it’s time for a change. Have your say We are reviewing the Residential...
Consultations
There are two ways the property you're renting can be repossessed: by the mortgagee (i.e. a bank or other lender), which is the most common; or, by a person with superior title (e.g. Government authority). The mortgagee or person with superior title must apply to the Supreme Court to ask for...
When a tenancy ends
Reforms of retirement village laws are under way with the core focus on enabling consumers to better understand their rights and obligations when entering into retirement village contracts. Status: CRIS paper 2 coming soon; CRIS paper 1 closed 27 September 2019 Background The Statutory Review of...
Consultations
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
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Safe tenancy
Quick close this page To close this window immediately, press Ctrl +W on a keyboard or use the close tab option on a mobile device. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au Tenancy reforms for renters affected by family and domestic violence...
Safe tenancy
Under the Australian Consumer Law, a business that provides a house sitting, pet sitting, baby sitting or cleaning service must meet service guarantees. How to protect yourself To reduce the chance of problems, consider doing the following: Contact several agencies before making a decision to get...
Services
LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bush fire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire...
Gas installations
Consumer Protection is advising tenants to be wary of products that are advertised as cheaper alternatives to rental bonds. These products are not legal in Western Australia How ‘bond replacement’ products compare to bonds Bonds At the start of a lease, tenants may be asked to pay a bond, usually...
Bonds
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
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31 October 2019 Uninhabitable tenancy complaints on the rise Consumer Protection has recently received a high number of complaints regarding unacceptable living conditions in rental properties,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
31 Oct 2019
21 August 2019 In this issue: Clarifying family and domestic violence tenancy law concerns • When a perpetrator wants to terminate their interest in a lease • Confidentiality when your property...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Aug 2019
1 August 2019 In this issue: ​Tenancy challenges Mortgagee repossession Information and resources regarding illegal drug activity in homes Tenancy challenges: Mortgagee repossession Sometimes tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Aug 2019
New family and domestic violence tenancy resources Flowcharts for tenants If a tenant wants to leave a rented property due to family and domestic violence there are certain procedures that tenants...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Jul 2019
A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
An on-site tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to being affected by family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
A tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related forms:...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
This is the Direct Debit Request (DDR) Service Agreement with the Bond Administrator, (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety) APCA ID 067 469. It explains what a User’s obligations are...
Consumer Protection
Information
20 Jun 2019
Renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV) can now: Go Exit a tenancy agreement without going to court, with as little as 7 days’ notice. S tay Remove a perpetrator’s name from a lease by...
Consumer Protection
Poster
18 Jun 2019

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted before selling a home, in all properties constructed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
A real estate sales agent who was showing a prospective tenant a rental property in Beeliar recently was surprised to discover that someone had changed the locks and had already moved in without the authority of the owner. The tenant moved in after responding to a rental accommodation advertisement on Gumtree which ended up being fake. He paid $2,000 to the scammers via a money transfer service...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection is aware that contamination or damage to homes from illegal drug activity is a worry for tenants, owners and property industry professionals. But how do you identify past production, or smoking, of meth, heroin or cannabis at a property and whether there are potential health risks as a result? We’ve been working with WA’...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Maylands real estate agency and its supervisor have been reprimanded and fined a total of $15,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to lodge tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator within the required time limit and for recording wrong dates when received. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Harcourts Integrity and currently trading as Perth Realty Group , was fined...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2019
A Claremont property management agency has been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 13 June 2019 for trust account errors and other breaches of the law. Gemranch Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as TM Residential and Executive Leasing , had breached the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2019
There’s a new Consumer Protection Senior Regional Officer for the Great Southern. Steph Marsh spent her first week in the job training at Consumer Protection’s Perth HQ but is now permanently based at the office on Aberdeen Street in Albany. Steph has lived and worked in Albany for the past eight years at the Department of Communities, supporting children and families. She is looking forward to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jun 2019

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