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Clandestine drug laboratory sites, commonly known as clan labs, are places where illegal drugs are manufactured. Criminal producers often use rental properties, although they also use commercial properties, remote rural properties and hotel and motel accommodation. Clan labs pose a number of risks...
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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...
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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Status: OPEN , Friday 30 June 2017 Background Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act , although boarding premises...
Consultations and reports
Refunds will be considered with reference to the particular circumstances, and the requirements of the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (“the SA Act”) and associated Regulations. Settlement Agent Licence applications and triennial certificate renewal applications Licence and triennial certificate fee...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Drainage plumbing diagram fees A $10.50 fee now applies to the purchase of Drainage Plumbing Diagrams. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams (also known as flimsies or as constructed diagrams) are a diagrammatic...
Certificates and diagrams
CPD modules from last year are available online to help you meet your compulsory professional development requirements. There is a new topic each year. The topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments, legislative changes and work...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Real Estate and Business Agents and Sales Representatives Code of Conduct 2016. Status: CLOSED, Monday 30 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives 2011...
Consultations and reports
Consumer Protection are seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Land Valuers Code of Conduct 2016. Status: CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Land Valuers Code of Conduct 2011 , (the 2011 Code) and implements feedback previously received from...
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14 September 2017 Your tenant notifies you the hot water system at your rental property is broken or the sprinkler head is broken, what would you do? If you want to avoid an all-too-common...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Sep 2017
6 September 2017 It's time to get it right Do you understand the lessor's rights and obligations regarding a final property inspection? Does the tenant need to be present? What does the final...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Sep 2017
Eastern states criminals target Perth landlords South-East Asian crime gangs, based in the eastern states, are renting Perth homes and turning them into indoor cannabis farms – dozens of homes have...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
06 Sep 2017
It's time to get it right Do you understand your rights and obligations regarding a final property inspection? Does the tenant need to be present? What does the final property condition report need...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection receives many enquiries from tenants about the presence of mould in their rental properties. The tenants are often concerned about the impact of the mould on their health, and the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Aug 2017
Consumer Protection receives many enquiries from tenants about the presence of mould in their rental properties. The tenants are often concerned about the impact of the mould on their health, and the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Aug 2017
Should you require assistance with completing this form please contact Licensing by telephone on 1300 304 064 (within Australia) or email . What do I need to complete an application To complete the...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
24 Aug 2017
What do I need to complete an application To apply for a duplicate licence you must complete the application form and provide all relevant supporting documentation as follows: complete all of the...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
24 Aug 2017
28 July 2017 Landlady illegally changes locks on sick elderly tenant (Marlene Pavlovich) A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and changed the locks while the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
16 August 2017 A fire which damaged a rental property in Orelia has sparked concern about the dangers posed by cannabis grow-houses when the power to the home is by-passed. About 1.30pm on 15 July...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Sep 2017

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An urgent alert to the WA real estate and settlement industries, as well as to buyers and sellers of properties, has been issued by Consumer Protection after three recent cyber-attacks have resulted in almost $590,000 being stolen in property-related scams. In the worst case, an 83 year old property buyer in Perth’s western suburbs has lost $557,000 after the fraudsters intercepted email...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2017
Renters, landlords and real estate agents in Western Australian have all emerged as winners as a result of the new electronic transaction process for lodging and returning tenancy bonds. Bonds Online was introduced by Consumer Protection in August 2015 where bonds could be electronically lodged with the Bonds Administrator. The system was further developed to provide for eTransactions – aimed at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
In December 2016 the Building Commission (in providing administrative support to the Plumbers Licensing Board) commenced delivering Western Australia’s drainage plumbing diagram service . This service was previously provided by the various sewerage service providers in Western Australia, including the Water Corporation. Since then Building Commission has developed an online search system for...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Aug 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and the person in bona fide control of the agency have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of the agency’s trust account. Bridgeline Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Alliance , was fined $3,000 and the person in bona fide control of the agency Rhonda Merle Massam was fined $1...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after failing to complete compulsory training requirements. Anthony Palermo of Dalkeith was subject to disciplinary action by Consumer Protection when he failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
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 real estate sales representative has been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and must pay a $1,000 fine and $500 in costs for breaching a special condition on his certificate of registration. Mark Bruce Hourn of Exmouth has failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in breach of the Real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 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
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017
A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been hacked by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being taken to have the fake ads removed and to have an email address being used by the scammers ( rentscall@gmail.com ) closed down. The scammers gained access to the western suburbs’ agency’s log in details for sites such...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017

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