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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
The tenancy may end if the rent falls behind. If the tenant/s have a problem making the payments, they should explain their financial situation to the lessor and make alternative arrangements to pay the arrears in full. If the tenant/s are behind in rent payments, the lessor is entitled to follow...
Rent and other payments
The lessor is responsible for the property having a minimum level of security in place. The minimum security relates to door locks, window locks and exterior lights. The security required is specified in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. All rental properties must be in line with the...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
We all have the right to enjoy our home. Quiet enjoyment is the right for both you and your neighbour/s to occupy, use and enjoy your homes in reasonable privacy without interruption. Overall, your lessor (landlord) or property manager shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your property in complete...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The tenant should notify the landlord in writing about any non urgent repairs, detailing what needs to be repaired. The landlord does not have to fix items if they are items that were disclosed as not working before the tenancy agreement was entered into, or they are items which the tenant could...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Urgent repairs fall into two categories: essential services and other urgent repairs. A suitable repairer must be found within a reasonable timeframe. There are some times when a tenant may need to arrange for the repairer. Essential services Essential services are listed in the Residential...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The laws relating to rent increases vary and will depend on the type of tenancy: Periodic tenancy In a periodic tenancy (no pre-determined finish date) rent may not be increased within the first six months of the tenancy. After that, increases can occur at six-monthly intervals (but no sooner) and...
Rent and other payments
Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed: Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished. Only one person is...
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Three information videos are available to help you understand the tenancy laws in WA. Part one: Getting started Part two: Moving in Part three: Ending a tenancy Are you a tenant in a family and domestic violence situation and need some assistance? Find out more about your options to leave or stay...
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Arrive for the hearing on time or a little earlier. Let a court official know you are there, then go to the waiting room. Remain within hearing distance of the court room. If you are not there when your case is called, it could start without you and the magistrate might make an order which may not...
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Publications

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
The purpose of this brochure is to help boarders and lodgers understand their rights and responsibilities. This fact sheet provides useful tips on how to avoid problems with landlords and if problems...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Looking to rent your property? Know your rights as a property owner or agent.
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
This publication will assist event organisers, venue organisers, asset managers and catering vendors to comply with the safety requirements for the use of gas appliances in public venues.
Brochure
30 Apr 2014
Notice to vacate from Mortgagee to Tenant Form 14
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
25 Apr 2014
NOTE: This form is ONLY to be used if not less than 14 days notice of breach of the agreement to pay rent (Form 21) has been given.
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Jul 2014
Application for Disposal of Tenant Compensation Bond to Lessor Form 16
Consumer Protection
Form – application
25 Apr 2014
Notice to Tenant of Breach of Agreement (other than failure to pay rent) - Form 20
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
27 May 2014

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Announcements

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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