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Buying a property is a major investment. Getting your first home can be both exciting and stressful. It is a major decision that takes planning and research, and careful budgeting. Know what you want and can afford Make a list of: your preferred areas essential features your wish list of non-...
Buying a property
The lessor can ask a prospective tenant to complete an application form to help them assess the suitability of a tenant. A lessor can also look in a tenancy database . If they do they must let the prospective tenant know, in writing, which database they use and if they find any information. A...
Beginning a tenancy
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

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This is what an electrical safety certificate looks like. You should receive one from your electrical contractor within 28 days of the electrical work (other than repairs) being done.
Information
02 May 2014
Building work, including construction, erection, assembley or placement of buildings or incidental structures, site work or demolition work, may adversely affect neighbouring properties and adjoining...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Sep 2019
This fact sheet is a guide to making your new home is sustainable, energy efficient and easy to run. What is an energy efficient house? An energy efficient house uses less energy than an existing...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
22 Jan 2019
When dealing with building disputes relating to a regulated building service, Building and Energy may require the parties to a complaint to provide further details about the complaint. These further...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
23 Jan 2019
A sample complaint letter for unsatisfactory building work. Your name Your address Your phone number Your email address (if you have one) Date Name of builder Street Suburb/town State Postcode Dear...
Consumer Protection
Template
22 Oct 2020
The guide provides relevant and useful information for Western Australians when buying or building their first home. The guide also provides information to assist people when buying their first '...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
30 Jun 2017
Lessors must give a tenant this form at the start of a tenancy. Please note: The Information for tenants forms (1AC and 1 AD) was updated in March 2015 to include two safety points regards pool/spa...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
03 Jul 2017
Guidelines for applying for owner-builder approval from the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Form – application
14 Aug 2019
Real Estate Fees Negotiating with an Agent
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Proactive Visit Checklist Real Estate Agents
Consumer Protection
Checklist
27 May 2014

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A Perth registered builder has had to pay almost $83,000 in penalties and has also received a caution for unauthorised work and building defects at a Swanbourne property. At its August 2019 meeting, the Building Services Board found that Theodoros Sartzidis (BP/BC12815) had been negligent under WA’s building registration laws after he carried out work that differed from approved plans and without...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Sep 2019
The Building Services Board has fined Wangara building surveying contractor Constructive Building Consultants Pty Ltd (BSC2033) $2,500 and building surveyor Caillam Walter Bruyn (BSP2164) $1,000 after they signed off on a Toodyay community facility that did not meet construction requirements. In 2016, the Shire of Toodyay received a certificate of construction compliance for the newly built...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2019
Major WA builder Dale Alcock Homes Pty Ltd (BC7309) and its nominated supervisor Dale Andrew Alcock (BP7184) have been fined a total of $10,000 in relation to a defective concrete slab that ultimately led to a decision to demolish and reconstruct a Woodvale house. The Building Services Board fined the company and Mr Alcock $5,000 each under WA’s building registration laws for failing to properly...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Aug 2019
The Building Services Board has fined a South West builder $5,000 for negligent conduct after he was named on a building permit to construct a house in Yarloop, but allowed an unregistered third party to do the work. Michael Kenneth Cheeseman (BC101905, BP14081), a registered building contractor and building practitioner from Boyanup, was listed on the building permit and contract for the $83,000...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Aug 2019
A Perth window company and its director have been fined a total of $65,000 for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix incorrect glass installed at a Mandurah home. Malaga-based Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company , was contracted to supply and install tinted double-glazed windows and doors at the property at a cost of more than $19,...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2019
On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019
A Perth building company has been found to be negligent and fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for winning a contract to renovate a chocolate store in Fremantle, but then failing to carry out or supervise the work. Ferhan Developments Pty Ltd (BC102155) of Queens Park and its sole director Chrishan Fernando won a $236,158 tender and were issued a building permit by the City of Fremantle...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jul 2019
A major Australian building company and its nominated supervisor have been fined a total of $32,000 after significant roof defects were discovered at two Perth homes. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that BGC Residential Pty Ltd (BC9769) and Thomas Edmund Starkey (BP14002) breached building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. In 2016, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jul 2019
A Karrinyup builder has been formally cautioned over the roof construction at a $1.1 million home, which did not comply with approved plans and building standards. The Building Services Board found that Mulvay Pty Ltd (BC10975) and its nominated supervisor, Mark Anthony Mulvay (BP9892), breached WA’s building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. The two-...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019

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