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Many retirement villages charge fees when you leave the village. These fees are known as exit fees, deferred facilities fees, deferred management fees or deferred payment. The amount you pay often depends upon how long you have been in the village, and will be determined by the contract you entered...
Leaving a retirement village
Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Perth Gordon Stephenson House Customer Service, Level 2, 140 William Street (on the corner of William and Murray Streets) PERTH, WA 6000 Postal Address Consumer Protection Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS...
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Some laws set out considerations for regional areas, in particular areas above or below the 26th parallel, for example retail trading hours and residential tenancies. This map shows the location of the 26th parallel in Western Australia which is located at Shark Bay on the coast. Map indicating the...
Online resources
If the tenant/s receive proper notice to end an agreement but refuse to leave, the lessor can seek a court order to end the agreement and take possession of the premises. The order can be enforced with a warrant authorising a bailiff to evict them. If the Magistrates Court makes an order that the...
When a tenancy ends
Property investment promoters, or spruikers, invite people to their ‘wealth creation’ seminars, often for free, with the promise of investment tips or opportunities. They typically promote a property investment system or market a specific property development. The seminars are often promoted...
Buying a property
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
During the 1970s and early 80s, joints in electrical cables in ceiling spaces of dwellings and buildings were often only wrapped in insulating tape. The insulating tape dries out over time and may have fallen away, presenting an electric shock risk to persons who enter the ceiling space. Where a...
Electrical installations
Don't D-I-Y (do it yourself) electrical work Doing your own electrical work or employing an unlicensed person to do it for you, is very dangerous. You and your family risk electrocution or fire. Licensed electrical contractors have been expertly trained and will guarantee the quality of their work...
Electrical installations
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
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

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There are three videos available to help landlords and tenants with their renting experience: Getting started Getting started covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy databases,...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
15 Aug 2014
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier to inform them that unenclosed joints were found and remedial work is to be carried out.
EnergySafety
Advisory note
02 May 2014
This is what an electrical safety certificate looks like. You should receive one from your electrical contractor within 28 days of the electrical work (other than repairs) being done.
EnergySafety
Information
02 May 2014
Below is a sample complaint letter regarding a residential tenancy issue. Remember in some cases you will need to use a formal notice and follow the proper process for issuing a notice . Your name...
Consumer Protection
Template
28 Apr 2016
If you have a dispute and have not been able to resolve it directly or through conciliation, then going to the Magistrates Court may be the next step. Going to court is not necessarily expensive or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
04 Oct 2017
Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2012 (Bill 1)
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 May 2014
Form 3 Notice as to Disposal of Goods Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Jun 2017
Form 2 Notice to Former Tenant as to Disposal of Goods Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
25 Apr 2014
Form 1C Notice of Termination Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) NOTE: This form is NOT to be used in respect of non-payment of rent
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
28 May 2014
NOTE : This form is ONLY to be used if notice of breach of the agreement to pay rent has NOT been given.
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014

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A former real estate agency director has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $908 after being convicted of trust account offences at the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 March 2016. Australian Property Exchange Pty Ltd , known as APFX (deregistered), was licensed under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and managed residential and commercial properties of consumers in Western...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2016
A woman who repeatedly broke WA tenancy laws when renting out a Bentley property has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay court costs of $396. 56-year-old Bozena Sakowski pleaded guilty to 24 contraventions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 during a hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 15 March 2016. Eight convictions, with fines of $500 per charge, related to failure to lodge a security...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2016
A report detailing proposed changes to tenancy laws affecting people living in residential parks in Western Australia has been released to allow interested parties to submit comments before the Government makes a final decision. The comprehensive report contains recommendations for changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 following an extensive consultation process which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2015
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and is banned from holding a licence for five years after providing false information in his original application. Gary James Douglas of Tuart Hill was granted a real estate agent’s licence and triennial certificate on 16 January 2015 but action to have the licence cancelled was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe When you think of Consumer Protection you might associate the agency with helping people who have bought products or services, however tenancy is a big part of what we do. Recently, a landlord who spent tenants’ security bonds, harassed a tenant and took too much rent money up front, was fined $24,000 after we prosecuted him. 37-year-old...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Nov 2015
A landlord who spent tenants’ security bonds, harassed a tenant and took too much rent money up front, has been fined $24,000 after Consumer Protection prosecuted him for breaching tenancy laws. 37-year-old Carl Raymond Olsen of Meekatharra, who owned and leased out a property in High Wycombe during 2013 and 2014, failed to appear at the Midland Magistrates Court to face charges on 27 October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2015
A real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence over the depositing and recording of payments from tenants. Chukwudi Nnamdi Ejindu , trading as Black Swan Real Estate of Landsdale, had accepted 13 cash payments from tenants between January 2013 and June 2014 and held them in his office safe. It...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2015
A Kalgoorlie real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and the agent suspended from holding a licence and triennial certificate for nine months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after making an illegal withdrawal from the agency’s trust account. Vasad Pty Ltd , trading as Fyson & Associates , and its licensee Christopher Hugh Fyson faced disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2015
Western Australian tenants will benefit from a new secure electronic transaction system for lodging bonds, which will make it quicker and easier for them to receive their security bonds back. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the 'BondsOnline' system would eliminate the need for paperwork, therefore reducing administration, data entry and printing costs to real estate agents and the State...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Aug 2015
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll In July 2014 Consumer Protection saw a growth in mould issues, raised mostly by tenants but also by landlords and property managers in WA. The seasonal spike, also seen in 2013, can be attributed to cooler, wetter weather and means we’re expecting similar figures around now and in the months up to October. Mould is a fungus that thrives on...
Consumer Protection
Department News
11 Aug 2015

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