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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,...
Having problems with renting a home?
The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) defines the rights and responsibilities of lessors. Failing to meet certain responsibilities can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice (also referred to as a modified penalty) or prosecuting offending lessors before a Court. Only a...
Having problems with renting a home?
In the event of a disaster such as a storm, flood, bushfire or earthquake both the tenant and landlord have rights and responsibilities. Two fact sheets have been created to help with answer common questions: Information for tenants Information for landlords The fact sheets include advice on what...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate agents alike due to potential health and safety risks to occupants. Of primary concern are houses — mostly rental properties — that have been used to manufacture, grow or smoke illegal...
Having problems with renting a home?
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is coordinating Western Australia’s State-wide Cladding Audit, which is part of an Australia-wide initiative to check the cladding on high-risk buildings following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London. In the early hours of 14 June...
Compliance and audit
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
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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). All licensed real estate agents undertaking property management services are...
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

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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
Should all landlords be required to register with Consumer Protection? Possible options Introduce a compulsory register of all landlords. Introduce a non-compulsory list and encourage landlords to...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
18 Feb 2020
How can we encourage landlords to offer tenants longer leases? Possible options Educate and encourage landlords to offer longer leases. Stop or limit the use of fixed term tenancy agreements, so that...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
Should the Residential Tenancies Act safeguard a tenant's privacy? Possible options Educate landlords on best practice for information gathering and storage. Change the law to prevent landlords from...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
Should a landlord have to give certain information to a tenant before a tenancy agreement is signed? Possible options Educate applicant tenants to ask the right questions before they sign a tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and reponsibilities fairly? Possible options Make it an offence under the RTA for a tenant to wilfully damage the...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020

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Announcements

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
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2019
A real estate sales agent who was showing a prospective tenant a rental property in Beeliar recently was surprised to discover that someone had changed the locks and had already moved in without the authority of the owner. The tenant moved in after responding to a rental accommodation advertisement on Gumtree which ended up being fake. He paid $2,000 to the scammers via a money transfer service...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2019
Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator has concluded its investigation into the electrical accident that seriously injured a 12-year-old girl at a property in Beldon in March 2018. In a report released today, Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) outlined the findings of its investigation into the cause of the accident. The investigation included on-site inspections and testing...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Sep 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection is aware that contamination or damage to homes from illegal drug activity is a worry for tenants, owners and property industry professionals. But how do you identify past production, or smoking, of meth, heroin or cannabis at a property and whether there are potential health risks as a result? We’ve been working with WA’...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Claremont property management agency has been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 13 June 2019 for trust account errors and other breaches of the law. Gemranch Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as TM Residential and Executive Leasing , had breached the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2019
Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 May 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence in Australia and the number of incidents is unfortunately increasing. Family violence affects people from all walks of life making it everyone’s business and all of us have a part to play in preventing it. Changes to WA’s tenancy laws have now come...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Apr 2019

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