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Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room, or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Remember, you don’t have to use an agent for everything. Some decide to pay a ‘letting fee’ and only use their agent to find a tenant and deal with the bond, while others use their agent to manage their property and/or collect the rent. No matter what you decide, ensure their experience matches...
Property management
Park managers can only ask for money relating to rent and a bond at the start of the tenancy. There are no other upfront fees that can be charged. Rent No more than two weeks rent in advance can be collected before or during the first two weeks of the tenancy. Unless the rent is directly deposited...
Site agreements
Under current residential parks tenancy laws park managers must provide prospective long-stay tenants with seven disclosure documents, either electronically or hard copy, before any documents are actually signed. the proposed agreement (relating to on-site home or site only; fixed term or periodic...
Site agreements
Once you have decided to rent out a property, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to do all the property management yourself or employ a real estate agent to do it for you. It needn't be all or nothing. You may employ an agent just to find your tenants and handle the bond...
Property management
Tenant wants to end a tenancy You can end a periodic tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason, but tenants must give the lessor a minimum 21 days' notice in writing. Should the premises be destroyed, compulsorily acquired by law, or become uninhabitable (this applies to both periodic...
When a tenancy ends
Property managers who offer their services for a fee must be registered real estate sales representatives working for a licensed real estate agent who is in charge of the agency. If you choose to use a property manager, carefully consider the person’s experience in property management. Ask about:...
Property management
There are various reasons for ending a tenancy. These can range from something as simple as wanting to move on, to the tenant/s or the lessor/property manager not keeping to the terms of the agreement. The proper way to end the agreement will depend on why the tenancy is ending and whether it’s a...
When a tenancy ends
Tenants cannot be asked to pay any additional money other than rent and security bond during a tenancy agreement. The lessor cannot ask tenant/s to pay any administration fees, re-inspection fees or charges for sending tenant/s utility invoices or breach notices. The lessor can request compensation...
Rent and other payments

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Publications

Residential Parks condition report - On-site agreement
Consumer Protection
Form – agreement
27 May 2014
Guidance notes : code of conduct for settlement agents
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
27 May 2014
Client identification verification and real estate fraud prevention. Identity fraud and scams are increasingly prevalent throughout the community, and the property industry is not immune to falling...
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
03 May 2019
The following forms and publications are available on this page: Commercial tenancy - Disclosure statement form 1 A disclosure statement for a commercial tenancy agreement Commercial tenancy -...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
10 Feb 2015
There are a number of different orders you can seek to enforce a court or tribunal decision in your favour. Claims in the Magistrates Court The Magistrates Court deals with cases where the total...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 Mar 2018
‘Indigenous Consumers Count’ are reports examining consumer issues faced by Indigenous Western Australians and whether consumer protection services adequately meet the needs of this diverse...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
16 Dec 2015
Lessors must give a tenant this form within 14 days after the tenant has moved in. Although you may not have a written residential tenancy agreement tenants and lessors still have to comply with the...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
16 Mar 2016
Changes to Residential Tenancy Law Frequently asked questions Rent increases
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
29 May 2014
This brochure is designed to advise builders, gas fitters and consumers where gas-fired barbecues and patio heaters may be installed and used safely. This information does not take precedence over...
Building and Energy
Brochure
14 Aug 2019
A guide for property owners, real estate agents and operators of residential parks about lodging tenants’ security bonds with the Department’s Bond Administration Section
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
25 Apr 2014

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Announcements

The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 2014
A South Perth real estate agency and its former property manager have been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act in the management of two rental properties and the operation of their trust accounts. Prosser Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as Swan River Real Estate , was fined a total of $15,000 and ordered to pay Court costs of $2,500...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2014
Consumer Protection has been granted supervision orders by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to take control of a York real estate agency after its sole director’s licence renewal application was refused and the company was therefore unable to operate the business in compliance with the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. The supervisor appointed by Consumer Protection is Mr Gary Doran of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2014
A review of the laws regulating the tenancy arrangements of about 29,000 people who live long-term in residential parks in WA is currently underway.
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jun 2014
Unfortunately there was an error in the media release headed “Warning issued on dangerous solar isolating switches” date May 21, 2014.
Media release
22 May 2014
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems installed since January 1, 2012. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of all solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so electricians can work safely on the electrical installation of a home or business,” Mr...
Media release
21 May 2014
Consumer Protection is calling for community and industry comment on a proposal to deregulate the fees charged by settlement agents and land valuers in WA. Currently WA is the only state to fix a maximum amount that settlement agents and land valuers can charge for their services. There are currently about 660 licensed settlement agents and 840 licensed land valuers in WA. Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2014
Consumer Protection has reminded private landlords in WA that they must lodge new security bonds with the Bond Administrator to comply with changes to tenancy laws which came into effect in July this year. There is a transition period for existing bonds, which will need to be transferred to the Bond Administrator by 31 December 2014. The reminder comes after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Sep 2013

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