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Tenants sometimes abandon or leave a property without providing any notice. Before a landlord or park operator take any action, it is a good idea to check if the tenant has actually left. The tenant may have gone on holidays, into hospital, prison, or a residential/aged care facility. If you cannot...
When a tenancy ends
Ending a tenancy by mutual agreement If both the landlord and tenant agree, in writing, the tenancy agreement should end on a specified date, this is also acceptable and none of the more formal procedures (such as issuing notices) need apply. It’s important to ensure both parties sign a clear,...
When a tenancy ends
A copy of the information below can be found in our publication Buying off the plan Buying “off-the-plan” can mean many things but generally involves signing a contract with a developer before the developer has obtained final approval to subdivide land that is being purchased or, in the case of a...
Buying a property
RCD laws Information about RCD laws for homeowners, real estate agents, settlement agents, landlords, tenants and property managers. RCDs must be installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. Homeowners A minimum of two RCDs protecting all...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
Some licence applications, or documents required in support of an application, are required to be signed or certified by an authorised witness. This should be done in accordance with the Department of Justice’s Information Fact Sheet 3 (PDF) available. You may find more helpful information from...
Occupations requiring licensing
The Land Valuers Licensing Act 1978 (the Act) and Land Valuers Licensing Regulations 1979 (the Regulations) impose serious obligations on the land valuing industry and the way it operates. Failing to meet these obligations can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice, prosecuting...
Land valuers
The Proactive Compliance program assists land valuers in complying with legislative requirements, identifying and rectifying areas of risk, and providing advice. This is achieved through voluntary visits and industry seminars. Proactive compliance visits The visits are designed to educate land...
Land valuers
Rule 23 of the Licensed Valuers Code of Conduct states a licensed valuer shall maintain a risk management program. Risk management in the context of the land valuation industry requires an appreciation of best practice valuation practices and procedure. At minimum, risk management programs are...
Land valuers
A licence may be granted when an applicant can demonstrate they are of good character and repute, competent to carry out the duties of a licensed valuer and they meet the requirements of one of the following categories. Category 1 A Life Fellow, Fellow or Associate of the Australian Property...
Land valuers
Land valuers licensing, registration and code of conduct The land valuation involves inspecting the property, ascertaining legal ownership and the interest held and gathering relevant information such as the prices similar properties sell for. Other factors come into the valuation, such as the...
Land valuers

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29 June 2020 It’s important to know the difference between a remedial and rent default notice. This eBulletin explains remedial notices and when to use them. Next week’s will focus on rent default...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2020
The WorkSafe mental health and wellbeing inspectors have developed a series of resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing. The concepts presented may assist workplaces to discuss, consult,...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
WorkSafe has identified instances where demolition work was conducted without first removing asbestos-containing materials. Recently, workers may have been exposed to asbestos while carrying out...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Dec 2023
18 May 2020 As you may be aware the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (the Act) has now been enacted to address the hardship being experienced by both tenants and landlords as a...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 May 2020
COVID-19 Residential Tenancies Mandatory Concilliation Service (RTMCS) The Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
06 Jan 2022
7 May 2020 COVID-19 and property access – an update This bulletin supersedes real estate industry bulletin 220 issued on 6 April 2020. This information does not apply during the current COVID-19...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Feb 2021
23 April 2020 You may recall recent changes to the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the SA Act) which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means you are now required to meet your annual compulsory...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020
23 April 2020 You probably recall changes to the Real Estate and Business Agents (General) Regulations 1979 which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means if you’re a real estate agent,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Sep 2022
It is reasonable for workers to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means workers will have...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023

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Announcements

Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates After the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House in June 2018, $50,000 from the State Government’s Consumer Credit Account is being granted to Tenancy WA to train community workers ahead of the tenancy law changes. Tenancy WA in conjunction with the Women’s Council...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2018
An Aubin Grove real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate suspended for six months and the agency was fined $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the misuse of a trust account. James Ademola Oladejo is the person in bona fide control of Jim’s Realty Pty Ltd . Both the agent and the agency were reprimanded by the SAT. In September 2016, Mr Oladejo dishonestly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard No place for family violence Did you know WA is second only to the NT when it comes to rates of family and domestic violence (FDV) and there were more than 50,000 reported incidents across the State in 2016-17? Sadly, family violence is a growing problem in our community and the abuse, whether physical or psychological, often occurs in...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 May 2018
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 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 and Energy
Department News
02 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The Department of Commerce Bond Administrator figures showed 10 per cent of all residential rental bond lodgements were made late in January this year. A bond is money paid by the tenant and held in trust for the duration of a tenancy. The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) requires that bonds must be lodged by the landlord or...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Mar 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Tenancy laws in WA are under review in a bid to support victims of family violence who live in rental homes. It’s your chance to have a say because community feedback is now invited. An options paper has been released outlining proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act that are designed to complement the Restraining...
Consumer Protection
Department News
10 Nov 2016
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Nov 2016
The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Sep 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016

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