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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
Three information videos about renting a home were produced to help you understand the laws in Western Australia . Part one: Getting started - covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy databases, discrimination, tenancy agreements, rents and bonds and property condition reports. Part two...
Non-English speaking consumers
The Consumer Protection Awards 2020 The Consumer Protection Awards provides an opportunity to reward and recognise the achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided...
Consumer Protection Awards
The Consumer Protection Division sought the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate retirement villages in Western Australia. Status: Closed Monday, 28 July 2014. All those interested in this area were urged to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by the...
Consultations
If you are thinking of renting out a granny flat it is important to understand which tenancy laws may apply as this will determine both your rights and your responsibilities. In Western Australia, a person renting a granny flat could be a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 or a lodger...
Types of rental accommodation
Consumer Protection was seeking the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate residential parks in Western Australia. Status: Closed Closed: 12 September 2014 UPDATE: 2016 Final report - DRIS Background The purpose of this review was to assess the effectiveness of the...
Consultations
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 ('the Parks Act') sets out the broad principles (or minimum standards) for the conduct of park operators and tenants in the residential park tenancy market. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Regulations 2007 ('Regulations') provide for the...
During a tenancy
Consumer Protection has a variety of prescribed (mandatory) and template forms. The links below are to help you find the form you need: Licences Motor vehicle industry licensing fees and forms (Motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, yard managers, car market operators, repairers and repair businesses...
Online resources
The main complaints Consumer Protection receives about holiday accommodation is generally about poor facilities and pricing disputes. Here are some tips to avoid disappointment when booking your next holiday. Choose your destination carefully: As with any purchase do your research by speaking to...
Types of rental accommodation
RCDs Lessors must have two RCDs installed on the switchboard at their rental premises before it can be leased. Energy Safety has more detailed information about RCDs. Smoke Alarms In the case of a fire, toxic smoke, rather than heat and flames, is the most immediate threat to life. As many fires...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights

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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
11 Nov 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
29 Nov 2019
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
05 Jul 2018
Property settlement fact sheet
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Apr 2018
residential tenancy laws - rent increases FAQ
Consumer Protection
Information
18 Apr 2018
Department of Housing tenants
Consumer Protection
Information
18 Apr 2018

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Announcements

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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