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During the 1970s and early 80s, joints in electrical cables in ceiling spaces of dwellings and buildings were often wrapped only in insulating tape. The insulating tape has dried out over time and may have fallen away, leaving the exposed ends of the cables. This is a serious risk to persons...
Electrical installations
Having electrical work done? Make sure you use a licensed electrical contractor whenever you have electrical work done. Having electrical work done brochure Don't D-I-Y (do it yourself) electrical work Doing your own electrical work or employing an unlicensed person to do it for you, is very...
Electrical installations
Most properties in Western Australia are sold through an offer and acceptance process. A person makes a formal offer in writing to buy a property, and the seller, sometimes called the vendor, can either make a counter offer, reject the offer, or accept it and communicate that acceptance to the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
A real estate auction is the process of buying and selling property by offering it to bidders at a forum conducted by a licensed auctioneer. Application for an auctioneer’s licence is made to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia . The property will be sold by an auctioneer to the bidder who...
Selling a property
Another option for building is to buy a block of land and build on the land at a later date. You should be aware that choosing a block of land can affect the cost of building and the design of house that will be possible to build. Making a good choice of block will depend on a number of factors,...
Buying a property
Think carefully before s igning a contract for a n established property as t here is no requirement for a cooling-off period in WA. The bottom of the offer and acceptance contract has space for you and the seller to include terms (or special conditions) in the contract. If the seller has included...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Settlement date The settlement date is the deadline for all the promises made in the contract to be completed. If all the contract terms have been satisfied, Landgate (formerly the Department of Land Information) will, upon lodgement of the relevant documents and a fee, transfer the title in the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
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 chattels, outstanding water usage charges or unpaid rent. When a tenant pays the bond, the lessor must give a receipt on the...
Bonds
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 the other person. Standard forms and notices When a notice is served, proper procedures must be...
Notices and condition reports
The standard contract for buying real estate in Western Australia is often called an offer and acceptance contract. The offer and acceptance contract is in two physically separate, but equally important parts. The titles of each part of the contract are listed below. Contract for Sale of Land or...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)

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Many people don’t know where to turn to for tips and advice, especially when they need it most. So whether you need advice about buying property, booking travel, day-to-day shopping concerns or scams...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014
Residential Parks condition report - On-site agreement
Consumer Protection
Form – agreement
27 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
Make sure you use a licensed electrical contractor whenever you have electrical work done. Is your electrical contractor licensed? In Western Australia, the law requires that all electrical work is...
Building and Energy
Brochure
30 Jul 2019
Guidelines for the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bushfire prone areas.
Building and Energy
Brochure
19 Jul 2019
Paying proper attention to customer complaints is an essential part of a well-managed business operation. In fact, complaints can improve your efficiency and profitability. Why have a complaint...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
08 Sep 2017
How to complete this form Before the tenancy begins, the lessor or the property manager should inspect the residential premises and record the condition of the premises by indicating whether the...
Consumer Protection
Reports
04 Oct 2017
If you are unable to use the online system you can download the Lodgement of security bond money form on this page. You can submit the completed form by post, email or in person. Real estate agents...
Consumer Protection
Form – registration
22 Jul 2019
Who needs to complete this form? Real estate and business agents who did not receive any trust funds for the audit period may be required to lodge this declaration with Consumer Protection. Why...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
21 Jun 2019
Change of Auditor Request Settlement Agent
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
16 Aug 2019

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Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jan 2018
Fremantle registered builder D2R Pty Ltd (BC14008) and its sole director and nominated supervisor Andrzej Zubowicz (BP6530), of Hamilton Hill, have been fined $5,000 each by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The conduct related to contracts the company entered into in 2015 for the construction of four residential units in Joondanna valued at $1.3 million and a granny flat and...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jan 2018
Landsdale building company Goldbox Holdings Pty Ltd (BC11173), trading as Link Construction & Developments, has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with two orders of the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Jan 2018
A Parkerville man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined $5,000 for registration offences his company committed while contracting for and carrying out the fit-out of two commercial buildings in Belmont and Jandakot in 2013.
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Jan 2018
As the weather warms up many of us start thinking about taking a refreshing dip in our backyard pools but we all need to be aware of potential hazards and relevant laws to keep children safe around the water all year round. The recently released 2017 Western Australian Ombudsman’s report, titled “Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning”, showed that private...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2018
A Bennett Springs man who provided false and misleading information in an attempt to become a registered builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Jan 2018
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 2017
A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The Building Commission has produced a guidance note and new Building Act form to deal with amending a building permit to substitute a replacement builder where the builder is unable to continue the building work. This is generally due to insolvency, death or disappearance. Building Act Guidance Note – Building permit: amending builder's details BA19 – Request to amend building permit Enquiries...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2017
Western Australians have been encouraged to ensure their Christmas lights are approved, safe and in good working order this holiday season. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan today advised consumers to check their Christmas lights before use to ensure they were safe and being used correctly. “Decorating with Christmas tree and fairy lights is a common tradition during the festive season...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Dec 2017

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