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iRentWA app iRentWA has been developed for renters in Western Australia based on residential tenancy laws to give you information about your rights and responsibilities as well as handy tools to help throughout your tenancy. iRentWA is now available in 5 languages: Arabic Chinese (simplified)...
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If you believe that the estimated sale value of the abandoned goods is less than it will cost you to remove the goods, store the goods for at least 60 days and sell the goods at public auction you can choose to dispose of the goods. Before you just dispose of the goods, you should be aware that the...
When a tenancy ends
If the estimated sale value of goods, including motor vehicles, caravans, trailers or boats, is more than it would cost for you to remove, store and sell the goods at public auction, you must store the goods immediately in a safe place and manner for at least 60 days. What you need to do when you...
When a tenancy ends
Circumstances of abandonment The most common circumstances in which a tenant vacates a property and leaves goods behind are: tenancy has ended normally tenancy has been terminated by a court order tenant has been evicted by the bailiff tenant has abandoned the property owing rent tenant has been...
When a tenancy ends
Ending a tenancy by mutual agreement If both the landlord and tenant agree, in writing, the tenancy agreement should end on a specified date, this is also acceptable and none of the more formal procedures (such as issuing notices) need apply. It’s important to ensure both parties sign a clear,...
When a tenancy ends
To ensure that the RCDs fitted to your property perform correctly, they must be tested at regular intervals. Building and Energy recommends that each RCD be tested every three months.
Residual current devices (RCDs)
RCD laws Information about RCD laws for homeowners, real estate agents, settlement agents, landlords, tenants and property managers. RCDs must be installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. Homeowners A minimum of two RCDs protecting all...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 provides for: standard information to be made available to prospective tenants about the residential park tenancy prior to entering into an agreement; a cooling-off period for site-only agreements; standard information about the Parks Act and the...
Park managers
The proactive compliance program assists park operators to comply with legislative requirements and identify and rectify areas of risk. General advice is also provided. This is achieved through voluntary compliance visits and industry seminars. Proactive compliance visits Proactive compliance...
Park managers
Unless the lease agreement prohibits it, tenants can sell their park home. They must however inform park managers of the sale and advise if they intend to sign over their lease to the new owner. During the sale period park managers must not put unreasonable restrictions on the potential buyers...
Ending a tenancy

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Real estate agencies now use the eTransactions system, which makes it easier and faster to change our records and to get bonds back. Tenancy bonds can now be lodged, varied and disbursed online,...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 Jun 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
15 May 2019
Information about the use of these forms are available from the following pages: Storing abandoned goods from a rental property Disposal of abandoned goods at a rental property Please be aware a...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
05 Dec 2019
5 November 2015 A lessor has been fined $24,000 after the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection) prosecuted him for breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Nov 2015
What is eTransactions? eTransactions, or electronic transactions, allows real estate agents to lodge, vary and dispose of tenancy bonds online without paper forms. eTransactions is available to...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
06 Oct 2017
23 January 2015 Amendments have been gazetted in the Government Gazette of 20 January 2015 to amend the Form 1AC Information for Tenants and Form 1AD Information for Tenant with Non-written Tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
What types of internal window coverings are a safety hazard for children?
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Aug 2016
Mandarin Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014
Burmese Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014

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Announcements

A Joondanna landlord, who also manages his family’s properties, has been fined a total of $5,500 and ordered to pay $9,000 in costs after making an illegal entry into a tenancy database and failing to properly process bond payments received from tenants. Tomas Mijatovic , trading as TRM Property Services , was found guilty by the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 September 2016 of two charges relating...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016
A registered real estate sales representative has been fined a total of $8,000 and given a criminal conviction by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for managing a property without an agent’s licence as well as for breaching tenancy laws. Ebony Te Whakaaronga Cheetham of Clarkson was convicted in her absence on 22 April 2016 and also ordered to pay costs of $700. In December 2013 Ms Cheetham offered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2016
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account used in the management of a property in Forrestdale. Atul Kapoor , trading as Harcourts Elite Real Estate of Canning Vale, had also received management fees without having a valid appointment to act as a property manager. The SAT ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Court case highlights landlord obligations A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords in WA, as well as real estate agents and property managers, to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws and to comply with them. In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7,200 by the Perth Magistrates Court after she...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Apr 2016
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

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