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Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions. Distinguishing between tenants, boarders and lodgers It is not always easy to...
Types of rental accommodation
Whether you are a lessor / landlord or tenant - you should make sure you do your homework before signing a rental agreement. Tenants Make sure the property meets your day-to-day needs. Ask yourself: Can you pay the rent and still have money to live? Is it close to shops, schools or public transport...
Beginning a tenancy
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bush fire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. Building and...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
General information The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. In Western...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer
The Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) combines with local government by-laws to regulate the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with...
Dividing fences
Most people’s biggest investment is their home, so it is important that your contract to build or renovate goes smoothly. Resolving disputes can be costly, both personally and financially. Building and Energy has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building, building...
Building or renovating your home

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The Building Commission is working with the building industry and local government to improve quality control in the residential building process.
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Apr 2016
Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331), trading as Instyle Residence and New Life Renovations has had its building contractor registration cancelled, its sole director and secretary Armand Noor has been made an ineligible person for one year and both have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling $20,000 for the longest string of disciplinary allegations dealt with by the Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2016
North Fremantle building partnership Mark Desmond Tilbury (BP6681) and Susan Vaughane Tilbury (partnership BC11158) , trading as Mark Tilbury Home Improvements , have been cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Apr 2016
Unregistered Rivervale painter Raymond Patrick O’Sullivan , trading as Prime Finishes Painting Services , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to comply with a building remedy order.
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Osborne Park builder Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) $5,000 and its nominated supervisor Justayn Bean (BP13268) $3,000 for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2016
From 8 April 2016 new roof-mounted evaporative coolers being installed on residential buildings that are located in a designated bush fire prone area must be fitted with non-combustible covers. The Building Commission has produced a new fact sheet Roof-mounted evaporative coolers to explain the risks and requirements. For further information please contact the Building Commission on 1300 489 099...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Apr 2016
Pedrini Franchising Pty Ltd (reg. BC7215) and its directors Mark Pedrini, who is also the company’s nominated supervisor (PC7215 and PP7356), and Natalie Pedrini have been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines totalling $6,000 and costs of $975 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
East Perth registered building contractor, J-Corp Pty Ltd (BC6415), has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
Collie painter Troy Raymond Anderson, trading as T & S Painting, has been ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and costs of $569.64 after being successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences.
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Apr 2016
Jandakot tiler Jose Antonio Arguijo , as the sole director and secretary of Plaza Tiling Pty Ltd , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences the company committed when carrying out renovations in Rockingham and Como between June 2011 and March 2013. In the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 March 2016, Mr Arguijo was ordered to pay fines of $66,700, compensation totalling $109,865...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Mar 2016

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