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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
Settlement agents licensing, registration and code of conduct In Western Australia, there are two ways a person may arrange settlements or carry on business as a real estate settlement agent (individual, company, or partnership), or a business settlement agent (individual, company, or partnership...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
What is land valuation? The land valuation process involves inspecting the property, ascertaining legal ownership and the interest held and gathering relevant information such as the prices that similar properties sell for. Other factors come into the valuation, such as the saleability of the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Remember, you don’t have to use an agent for everything. Some decide to pay a ‘letting fee’ and only use their agent to find a tenant and deal with the bond, while others use their agent to manage their property and/or collect the rent. No matter what you decide, ensure their experience matches...
Property management
If you are dissatisfied with the standard of conduct of a settlement agent, real estate agent or sales representative, the following course of action is recommended: Step 1: Contact the settlement agent, real estate agent or sales representative (or the real estate agent in control of the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
The Fidelity Guarantee Account helps provide financial reimbursement to people who suffer pecuniary loss or loss of property through the criminal or fraudulent actions of a licensed real estate or business agent, real estate settlement or business settlement agent or their employees in the course...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Settlement agents set their own fees which must be disclosed to the client in writing prior to entering into any agreement. Agents must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. Removing the cap and deregulating fees will allow...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Unless you are a suitably qualified lawyer, it would be very unwise to try to carry out the settlement of your own property. It's a complex and time consuming business, with many traps for the unwary. When you are buying a property, it is necessary for all the paperwork to be completed and all the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
When you are looking at properties, you will often come into contact with real estate agents or sales representatives. The most important thing to understand about real estate agents or sales representatives when buying a property is that they have been hired by the seller. The aim of the agent is...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
Tenancy concerns related to COVID-19 coronavirus? Visit the Residential Tenancies - COVID-19 response page for the latest information. Tenant wants to end a tenancy You can end a periodic tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason, but tenants must give the lessor a minimum 21 days'...
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Real estate and business agents wishing to complete activities towards the Auctions professional development subject (Schedule 1A of the Regulations) can select from the approved activities listed...
Consumer Protection
Information
26 Mar 2020
No place for family violence A recent Shelter WA Homelessness Week Event gave rental property owners the chance to learn about ways to help tenants experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV) and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Sep 2018
September 2018 Western Australia’s residential parks and tenancy laws are changing to support victims of family and domestic violence (FDV) and help them leave abusive relationships. The proposed...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Sep 2018
September 2018 No place for family violence Did you know WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence (FDV) in Australia? Sadly, family violence is a growing problem in our community and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Sep 2018
Real estate and business agents wishing to complete activities towards the Agency Agreements professional development subject (Schedule 1A of the Regulations) can select from the approved activities...
Consumer Protection
Information
25 Jun 2020
Clients of a Perth real estate agency which has now closed had more than $220,000 of their money taken from the agent's trust account resulting in the company being fined by the Perth Magistrates...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Sep 2018
Landlords’ event to unpack WA tenancy law changes Presentation to Perth landlords who attended a Shelter WA Homelessness Week Event, to learn about ways to help tenants experiencing family and...
Consumer Protection
Training material
05 Sep 2018
4 September 2018 Are you safe from cyber fraud? Cybercrime is in the spotlight in Australia and you would have likely heard about some attacks recently. Malicious software and fraud attempts are a...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Sep 2018
Consumer Protection WA, in conjunction with the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, is hosting a networking session and delivering a presentation outlining upcoming FDV related tenancy law...
Consumer Protection
Alert
03 Sep 2018
SETTLEMENT AND BUSINESS AGENTS Part IV Settlement Agents Act 1981 REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF AUDITOR APPOINTMENT - Settlement agents
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Aug 2018

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North Fremantle building partnership Mark Desmond Tilbury (BP6681) and Susan Vaughane Tilbury (partnership BC11158) , trading as Mark Tilbury Home Improvements , have been cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Apr 2016
Unregistered Rivervale painter Raymond Patrick O’Sullivan , trading as Prime Finishes Painting Services , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to comply with a building remedy order.
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2016
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account used in the management of a property in Forrestdale. Atul Kapoor , trading as Harcourts Elite Real Estate of Canning Vale, had also received management fees without having a valid appointment to act as a property manager. The SAT ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
Pedrini Franchising Pty Ltd (reg. BC7215) and its directors Mark Pedrini, who is also the company’s nominated supervisor (PC7215 and PP7356), and Natalie Pedrini have been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines totalling $6,000 and costs of $975 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
East Perth registered building contractor, J-Corp Pty Ltd (BC6415), has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Court case highlights landlord obligations A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords in WA, as well as real estate agents and property managers, to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws and to comply with them. In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7,200 by the Perth Magistrates Court after she...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Apr 2016
Collie painter Troy Raymond Anderson, trading as T & S Painting, has been ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and costs of $569.64 after being successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences.
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Apr 2016
Jandakot tiler Jose Antonio Arguijo , as the sole director and secretary of Plaza Tiling Pty Ltd , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences the company committed when carrying out renovations in Rockingham and Como between June 2011 and March 2013. In the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 March 2016, Mr Arguijo was ordered to pay fines of $66,700, compensation totalling $109,865...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Mar 2016
A former real estate agency director has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $908 after being convicted of trust account offences at the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 March 2016. Australian Property Exchange Pty Ltd , known as APFX (deregistered), was licensed under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and managed residential and commercial properties of consumers in Western...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2016
Jandakot builder Kerry George Parsons (BC4277 & BP4277) has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a fine of $5,000 for negligent conduct.
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Mar 2016

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