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David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations were amended on 1 July 2013. An FAQ was developed to help you in understanding how the updated laws apply to your tenancy. How the laws apply to an individual tenancy depends on when the tenancy agreement started. The updated laws do not affect fixed...
Renting tools
BondsOnline is for licensed real estate agents and the tenancies they manage. It is also available for private landlord organisations managing significant property portfolios (not individual private landlords / lessors). Changes as of 3 July 2017 All licensed real estate agents undertaking property...
Bonds
Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
If you have private power lines or a private power pole on your property, it is your responsibility to inspect and maintain them.
Electrical installations
What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, poisonous gas which may be produced by faulty, poorly maintained or misused gas appliances. You may not know you have been exposed to potentially fatal levels of carbon monoxide until the symptoms of poisoning become severe...
Gas appliances
If you are thinking of renting out a granny flat it is important to understand which tenancy laws may apply as this will determine both your rights and your responsibilities. In Western Australia, a person renting a granny flat could be a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 or a lodger...
Types of rental accommodation
Exemption certificates under section 77C of the Retirement Villages Act GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS These guidelines explain the new provisions of the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (the Act) that prohibit certain persons from being the administering body or being concerned, directly or indirectly, in...
Managing a retirement village
Consumer Protection has a variety of prescribed (mandatory) and template forms. The links below are to help you find the form you need: Licences Motor vehicle industry licensing fees and forms (Motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, yard managers, car market operators, repairers and repair businesses...
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Publications

DECISION REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT The recommendations detailed in this paper represent the Department’s final recommendations to Government arising from the statutory review process. A summary of...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
27 Jul 2017
July 2017 A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure. Repairing a ceiling costs...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
26 Jul 2017
28 June 2017 Be aware - changes to the law Be aware - changes to the law On 3 July 2017, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 will come into...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jun 2017
14 June 2017 Consumer Protection is seeking community and Industry feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Jun 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 May 2017
24 April 2017 Bonds lodgement required within 14 days. Since 1 December 2016, Consumer Protection has taken a tougher stance where residential tenancy bonds have not been lodged within the required...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Apr 2017
23 March 2017 Welcome and thank you for subscribing to the landlord’s bulletin. Consumer Protection has recognised the potential demand for a subscription information service for landlords after...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Mar 2017
Landlord's bulletins provide topical information and reminders for property managers, agents and landlords. Have you subscribed? Make sure you are up to date with the latest reminders, news and law...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
26 Jul 2017
Charts showing the process for serving notices to tenants for a breach.
Consumer Protection
Information
10 Feb 2017

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Announcements

A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017
A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley was also ordered by the SAT to pay costs of $1,200. He admitted to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act, the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives by:...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2017
South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection is urging private landlords to be aware of this recent criminal activity which is costing property owners tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. A total of 21 homes over the past seven months have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The Department of Commerce Bond Administrator figures showed 10 per cent of all residential rental bond lodgements were made late in January this year. A bond is money paid by the tenant and held in trust for the duration of a tenancy. The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) requires that bonds must be lodged by the landlord or...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Mar 2017
Consumer Protection is planning to take tougher action against real estate agents and private landlords with an increasing number of tenancy bonds being lodged late.
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Tenancy laws in WA are under review in a bid to support victims of family violence who live in rental homes. It’s your chance to have a say because community feedback is now invited. An options paper has been released outlining proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act that are designed to complement the Restraining...
Consumer Protection
Department News
10 Nov 2016
A Morley real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of trust accounts. Realocate Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Realty Executives , was fined $5,000 and licensee Keith Howes was fined $1,500 after admitting to the breaches. Both were ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in costs. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2016
Western Australia's tenancy laws are under review to better protect and support victims of family violence in rental properties. Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an options paper had been released which proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to complement the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, which was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2016
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, although boarding premises accommodating six or more people need to be registered with local government and comply with planning, health and other regulations. Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Sep 2016
A Joondanna landlord, who also manages his family’s properties, has been fined a total of $5,500 and ordered to pay $9,000 in costs after making an illegal entry into a tenancy database and failing to properly process bond payments received from tenants. Tomas Mijatovic , trading as TRM Property Services , was found guilty by the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 September 2016 of two charges relating...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2016

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