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Your house, My home: Rethinking renting in WA Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020 . 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...
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
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
Consultations
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)) . The following videos have been produced to provide information regarding the consultation process: Work Health and Safety Regulations...
Information sessions and workshops
Update on the retirement village legislation reform process Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed. We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback during the consultation period of the retirement village reform process. You can view the...
Consultations
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
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

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Publications

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
13 Oct 2021
2 September 2021 Introduction of community titles and CPD reminder In this bulletin: Introduction of community titles Reminder to complete your CPD requirements Community titles: New strata options...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Sep 2021
2 September 2021 Introduction of community titles, annual audit report deadline fast approaching, and CPD reminder In this bulletin: Introduction of community titles legislation Annual audit report...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Sep 2021
16 July 2021 A swift deal may result in future pain Our current real estate market has seen the quick negotiation of sales transactions, with some homes being sold almost ‘sight unseen’. This...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jul 2021
5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for a further six months to help renters who are finding it difficult to meet their rent payments as a result of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jul 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
05 Jul 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
21 Jul 2021
30 June 2021 Increase to licensing fees From 1 July 2021 some of Consumer Protection’s licence and registration fees will be increasing. Information about the different fees is available on our...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jun 2021
30 June 2021 Increase to licensing fees From 1 July 2021 some of Consumer Protection’s licence and registration fees will be increasing. Information about the different fees is available on our...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jul 2021
30 June 2021 Increase to licensing fees From 1 July 2021 some of Consumer Protection’s licence and registration fees will be increasing. Information about the different fees is available on our...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jul 2021

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Announcements

Sales rep failed to carry out checks that would have revealed sewer lines Land buyer forced to modify their building plans as a result of the late discovery Employer failed to be more thorough in their review of the matter A real estate sales representative and the Mt Lawley agency he works for have been fined a total of $9,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to uncover the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2021
Sales rep failed to act honestly and fairly in land sale at Henderson Benjamin Widdowson breached the real estate industry Code of Conduct Financial interest in the sale not disclosed to all parties A Perth real estate sales representative has been reprimanded and disqualified from holding a registration for 12 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for his dishonest involvement during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021
Tenants looking for rentals have lost thousands after responding to fake ads Recent victims are mothers who are now homeless and out of pocket People looking for rentals are urged to inspect the property before paying Tenants who are desperate to secure a rental property in the current tight market are being targeted by scammers with many thousands of dollars being lost and Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021
Landlords and tenants encouraged to act and negotiate in good faith Tenancies must be terminated lawfully Tenants urged to report unlawful evictions Tenants and landlords are encouraged to contact Consumer Protection for advice about rental rights and responsibilities, particularly in relation to termination notices and evictions. After COVID-19 emergency rental laws ended 28 March 2021 and with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2021
Scammers intercept email communications between family and aged care home Grand-daughter organising the transfer gets fake email with different bank details Consumer advice: be suspicious of emails notifying bank account change Scammers have stolen about $375,000 intended to fund the aged care costs of a 102 year old woman, the money being the proceeds from the sale of her Ferndale home. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2021
Applications are open for grants helping WA tenants and landlords Up to $2,000 paid to landlords for future rent support Grants assist tenants struggling financially Applications are open under the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to help tenants who are struggling financially meet rent payments. Renters who are facing a significant rent increase they are unable to afford can apply. However,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Mar 2021
As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021
Fourth phase of rent grant scheme to soften the blow of expected rent increases Grants give tenants and landlords an incentive to continue current tenancies Strategy aims to reduce evictions and large rent increases after March 28, 2021 More financial assistance is being offered by the McGowan Government to tenants and landlords with the aim of securing current tenancies when the moratorium on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2021
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection, by CP Media
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe The clock is ticking on WA’s renting moratorium, which will see the ban on rent increases and some evictions being lifted when the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency laws expire on 28 March 2021. Consumer Protection is encouraging landlords and tenants to start a conversation now about what...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jan 2021
Thornlie couple lose their home purchase savings in a payment redirection scam Settlement agent’s email used by scammers looked almost the same Property buyers and sellers should be suspicious of payment demands by email A Thornlie couple’s dream of buying their first home in Australia has been shattered after scammers stole almost $133,000 after cloning the settlement agent’s email address. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2021

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