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Keeping safe in your rental property Quick close this page To close this window immediately, click on the orange exit button (right on a desktop computer or bottom for a mobile device) or press Ctrl +W if you are using a keyboard. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your...
Having problems with renting a home?
The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) defines the rights and responsibilities of tenants. Failing to meet certain responsibilities can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice (also referred to as a modified penalty) or prosecuting offending tenants before a Court. Only a...
Having problems with renting a home?
In the event of a disaster such as a storm, flood, bushfire or earthquake both the tenant and landlord have rights and responsibilities. Two fact sheets have been created to help with answer common questions: Information for tenants Information for landlords The fact sheets include advice on what...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate agents alike due to potential health and safety risks to occupants. Of primary concern are houses — mostly rental properties — that have been used to manufacture, grow or smoke illegal...
Having problems with renting a home?
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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BondsOnline is for licensed real estate agents and the tenancies they manage. It is also available for private landlord organisations managing significant property portfolios (not individual private landlords / lessors). All licensed real estate agents undertaking property management services are...
Bonds
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
Home safety
The WA Police Major Fraud Squad works closely with Consumer Protection to identify and prevent consumer fraud in Western Australia under the banner Project Sunbird . WA ScamNet website continually updates information about Project Sunbird and provides general advice to help you identify and avoid...
Scams
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights

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Keeping safe in your rental property The family and domestic violence tenancy laws came into effect on 15 April 2019. This publication contains information translated from the Safe Tenancy WA page...
Consumer Protection
Information
29 May 2019
29 April 2019 National safety alert reminder – gas heaters In case you missed it, a national safety alert was issued last month for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 May 2019
15 April 2019 Family and domestic violence tenancy laws now in effect Tenancy reforms to assist Western Australian renters, affected by family and domestic violence, started on 15 April 2019. The new...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Apr 2019
To close this window immediately press Ctrl +W. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au The PDF and below information provides a guide on...
Consumer Protection
Information
23 Jul 2019
18 March 2019 Family violence tenancy laws coming soon Renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV) will soon have new options. We're pleased to say an amendment to Western Australia's...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
7 February 2019 Security bonds - did you know? A security bond is a payment made in advance by a tenant to cover any damages or outstanding bills that may arise during a tenancy. As such, bond monies...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
12 Feb 2019
31 January 2019 Do you charge your long-stay tenants for utilities outside of their rental costs? Many caravan parks purchase gas or electricity from licensed retailers and use embedded networks...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
31 Jan 2019
4 December 2018 Your property condition report is critical to your tenancy At the start and end of every tenancy your landlord or property manager will provide you with a property condition report (...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Dec 2018
8 November 2018 Are you prepared? Do you want accurate and reliable information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant? Consumer Protection can help you understand tenancy laws and how...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Nov 2018
Tenant's bulletins provide topical information and reminders to tenants of rental properties in Western Australia. Have you subscribed? Make sure you are up to date with the latest reminders, news...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Aug 2019

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Moving house is an activity guaranteed to set the stress levels soaring, so it helps to know how to avoid potential nasty surprises when engaging the services of a furniture removalist. Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, it is a time-consuming and often expensive exercise dreaded by most. A moving ‘to-do’ list can seem endless. Not only do you need to find a new place to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
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 unpaid water bills or rent. Bond money is held in trust for the duration of a tenancy and must be lodged by the landlord or property manager with the Bond Administrator at Consumer Protection within 14 days of receiving it...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Mar 2019
A prominent Aboriginal artist has produced a painting to signify positive changes to WA tenancy laws, which will allow renters who’re experiencing family violence to end a lease quickly to leave for safety or have an alleged perpetrator removed from a tenancy agreement. Under the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018, which was passed in Parliament last night (19...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
The McGowan Government's new tenancy laws to better protect tenants experiencing family and domestic violence have passed through State Parliament. The passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill will provide more options and greater support for those experiencing family and domestic violence. The amendments are aimed at giving the victim better choices,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
Consumer Protection and the Department of Communities are joining forces to target landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds that were provided through a rental assistance program. Under the Bond Assistance Loan Scheme offered by the Department of Communities, eligible Western Australians can apply for an no interest and fee free loan to cover ingoing property costs (including all or part of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2019
Consumer Protection is urging tenants and landlords in WA to check for unclaimed bond money amounting to a total of almost $1.5 million. The bond money relates to 4,887 tenancies that came to an end between January 2007 and December 2010. The bonds were not paid out for a variety of reasons: Disposal forms submitted were missing signatures; Monies left in dispute of whom it is to be paid to;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2018
Whether you have been renting a home for many years or are just about to jump into the rental market for the first time, it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities. Residential tenancy matters make up a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. Our contact centre refers more than 100 calls from tenants each week to our Property Industries team for assistance. Part...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018

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