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Your house, My home: Rethinking renting in WA Did you know that it has been more than 10 years since the rental laws in Western Australia have been reviewed? With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than ever are renting, and tenants are staying in the rental market for much...
Consultations
There are two ways the property you're renting can be repossessed: by the mortgagee (i.e. a bank or other lender), which is the most common; or, by a person with superior title (e.g. Government authority). The mortgagee or person with superior title must apply to the Supreme Court to ask for...
When a tenancy ends
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
Reporting accidents
Case studies shared by tenant advocates from a community legal centre are availble on the Safe Tenancy WA page. Factsheets and useful information Safe Tenancy WA poster Help and advice from the Department of Communities Find a tenant advocate in WA Directory of WA’s Community Legal Centres Keeping...
Safe tenancy
Quick close this page To close this window immediately, press Ctrl +W on a keyboard or use the close tab option on a mobile device. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au Tenancy reforms for renters affected by family and domestic violence...
Safe tenancy
LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bush fire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire...
Gas installations
Consumer Protection is advising tenants to be wary of products that are advertised as cheaper alternatives to rental bonds. These products are not legal in Western Australia How ‘bond replacement’ products compare to bonds Bonds At the start of a lease, tenants may be asked to pay a bond, usually...
Bonds
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
Bonds
What can you do with goods abandoned by your tenant when they leave The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any abandoned goods. This information is intended to assist if you cannot contact them or they provide no instruction for...
When a tenancy ends
Keeping safe in your rental property Quick close this page To close this window immediately, click on the orange exit button (right on a desktop computer or bottom for a mobile device) or press Ctrl +W if you are using a keyboard. For information about how to browse incognito, erase your history,...
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18 March 2020 Fire events in Australia and around the world involving the use of certain types of external wall cladding highlight the need for landlords and property managers to be aware of their...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Mar 2020
28 February 2020 Consumer Protection is warning tenants to be aware of any electric shocks or tingles at their residential premises and ensure they are reported to their electrical network operator...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Feb 2020
18 February 2020 Let us know your thoughts on renting in WA On Friday 20 December 2019 Consumer Protection released a consultation paper to commence the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Feb 2020
30 January 2020 Pool safety - it's everyone's responsibility When a property has a pool or portable pool it’s important to ensure full compliance with safety requirements to prevent drowning deaths...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Feb 2020
Fact sheets grouped for easy downloading We have combined all 15 fact sheets into one document to make downloading more convenient. Topics include: Before the tenancy Tenancy applications Landlord...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
December 2019 This public consultation discussion paper follows the tenancy life cycle and explores potential issues that may arise at each stage. We're seeking your input on key issues for reform...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
20 Dec 2019
16 December 2019 New Residential tenancy laws The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 passed through parliament recently, bringing changes to residential tenancy laws that enhance and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Dec 2019
Should a tenant be allowed to make certain changes to the property without a landlord's permission? Possible options Allow the tenant to make minor changes that do not impact the structural integrity...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
How do we ensure landlords do repairs and maintenance to their property? Possible options Require all landlords to lodge a maintenance bond with the Bond Administrator. Educate landlords on their...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
Should there be a change to how often rent can be increased? Should rent increases be capped? Possible options Limit rent increases to every 12 months or more. Cap rent increases in selected zones...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020

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While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under current legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping After recent cyclones and storms there will be many Western Australians who have been cleaning-up and are now looking to fix property damage, such as roof or fence repairs. Although we haven’t had any reports of travelling conmen or unlicensed traders, we know the calm after the storm is often when they go door-to-door, offering cheap deals...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020
Wild weather across Western Australia has prompted Consumer Protection to issue advice to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities when a rental property is damaged. Landlords and tenants are urged to make contact early and maintain open communication in the aftermath of extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones and flooding. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
The private landlord of a Warnbro property has been fined $10,000 for failing to lodge two security bonds with the bond administrator and not providing the tenants with prescribed information and property condition reports. Christina Maria Cramphorn of Warnbro was convicted in her absence on 21 February 2020 in the Rockingham Magistrates court. She was also ordered to pay $557.50 in costs. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2020
Laws that cover renting of homes in Western Australia are being fully reviewed for the first time in more than a decade and Consumer Protection wants to hear from tenants, landlords and professionals who manage rental properties. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said a lot has changed since the last full review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and he is encouraging the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It has been my position for a number of years that a small amount of damage to a wall, which can easily be repaired, is a small price to pay for ensuring the safety of children living in a rental home. Since 2001, on average, one child a year has died in Australia from toppling furniture with many more suffering serious injuries. I’m really...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2019
The landlord of a Darch rental property has been fined $4,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for failing to lodge a bond with the Bond Administrator and was ordered to pay back the $1,400 bond to his tenant. Ive Cvitan of Darch entered into a rental agreement with the tenant in May 2017 when the $1,400 bond was paid and a receipt was issued, however Mr Cvitan did not provide the tenant with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
New laws supporting children’s safety have come into force for tenants who are now allowed to fix furniture to the walls of their rental home and the landlord can only object in limited circumstances. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act aim to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture and electronic equipment such as TVs falling on top of young children. On average since 2001, one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2019

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