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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 Department of Communities - family and domestic violence support and advice and disaster and emergency support services Find a...
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
The below information will assist if a landlord or park operator cannot contact the tenant, or the tenant has not provided instruction for the abandoned goods. Need to dispose of a previous tenant's belongings? Follow the information below and use this checklist to help you dispose of belongings a...
When a tenancy ends
Family and domestic violence and tenancy laws 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...
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...
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3 December 2021 Accessing a rental property during a tenancy Consumer Protection is aware of some recent cases where landlords and property managers have incorrectly tried to access a tenanted...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Dec 2021
24 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy and time to replace smoke alarms In this bulletin: Increasing the rent during a tenancy Is it your smoke alarm’s 10-year anniversary? Increasing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this bulletin: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jun 2022
2 September 2021 New strata options for Western Australia As part of strata reforms in recent years, the Community Titles Act 2018 (WA) (CT Act) came into effect on 30 June 2021. To accommodate the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Sep 2021
5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) until 31 December 2021 to assist renters who are struggling to pay their rent due to the coronavirus (COVID...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
This information relates to home building work contracts that fall within the scope of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 – that is, contracts for home building work valued between $7,500 and $500,000.
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
17 May 2022
13 April 2021 How to correctly end a tenancy Western Australia's temporary changes to renting laws due to COVID-19 ended on Sunday 28 March 2021. From Monday 29 March 2021, the usual rental laws...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
1 April 2021 In this issue: Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws The COVID-...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Dec 2023
Landlords and property managers can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when notifying a tenant of the intention to end a periodic tenancy agreement. Related...
Consumer Protection
Information
19 Mar 2021
This publication contains contact details for organisations providing the following services: Counselling and suicide prevention Crisis care helpline 1800 199 008 Information and counselling for...
Consumer Protection
Information
07 Nov 2022

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As rents continue rising across Western Australia, many tenants are finding that in addition to paying more money to live in their home each week, there is an extra expense they need to consider. After rent is increased at a property, a landlord or property manager is entitled to ask the tenant to pay extra money towards their security bond. Known as a ‘bond top-up’, the amount of money requested...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2022
A sudden ceiling collapse can turn a comfortable home into a disaster zone in an instant, with the potential for serious injury and significant damage to property and possessions. Consumer Protection recently became aware of two tenants who had been given seven days to vacate their rental property following the collapse of their living room ceiling. As we step in to help the parties reach an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2022
As we enter the winter months, with cold and stormy weather on our doorstep, it’s important to keep yourself and your family not only warm but safe by considering Building and Energy’s top safety tips. “The new season acts as reminder to check your electrical and gas appliances before using them, be conscious of extra mould growth, and ensure your property is rain, hail and wind prepared,”...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2022
Friday, 10 June 2022 Commercial tenancy laws covering retail shops now under review Various emerging issues to be canvassed during consultation phase Lease rights regarding rents, operating costs and duration of tenancy explored The laws which govern commercial tenancy agreements between small retailers and landlords, including shopping centre owners, are being reviewed by the McGowan Government...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2022
Landlord failed to lodge seven bonds with the Bonds Administrator $1,000 fine after Consumer Protection takes prosecution action Laws designed to keep tenants’ funds safe and secure A Mt Magnet landlord has been fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,184.50 by the Perth Magistrates Court after being convicted of failing to lodge tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator. Ian Black , who is a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2022
Product safety recall for various pool gate latches made by Aristo Glass Products The faulty gate latches may not latch properly and pose a drowning risk for children Consumers are reminded that pool safety is an all-year-round issue Building and Energy is alerting consumers about a recall of several faulty latches that may fail to securely shut swimming pool gates, creating a drowning risk for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2022
If you’re renting a home, chances are you’ve paid a security bond at the start of your lease to guard against damage or unpaid bills. Typically worth four weeks’ rent, the bond is a large chunk of money that many tenants may be relying on receiving back at the end of a tenancy to help with the costs of moving and finding a new place to live. However, new figures released by the Bond...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2022
Terms of short-term stay contracts ruled unfair as they strongly favoured the landlord Renters faced heavy financial penalties for minor breaches of the unfair terms Holiday and short-stay accommodation providers urged to review their contracts The Supreme Court has ordered a Perth property manager to stop using short-stay accommodation contracts which contain terms declared to be unfair under...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2022
Perth’s rental market might be tight right now, but that doesn’t mean tenants should accept living in a home that’s falling into disrepair, nor tolerate surprise visits by their landlords. Unfortunately we have received an increased number of complaints about both scenarios. In 2021, Consumer Protection received 188 complaints relating to repair and maintenance issues and 29 complaints about...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Feb 2022
Gives tenants greater security and protection Ensures park rules are fair and reasonable Provides guidance and support for park operators Changes to improve the security of long-stay tenancy agreements and promote fair and transparent arrangements between park operators and tenants will come into effect on 31 January 2022. Long-stay tenancies can involve living in a caravan, mobile home or park...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jan 2022

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