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Tenants cannot be asked to pay any additional money other than rent and security bond during a tenancy agreement. The lessor cannot ask tenant/s to pay any administration fees, re-inspection fees or charges for sending tenant/s utility invoices or breach notices. The method of paying rent agreed...
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The lessor is responsible for the property having a minimum level of security in place. The minimum security relates to door locks, window locks and exterior lights. The security required is specified in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. All rental properties must be in line with the...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
We all have the right to enjoy our home. Quiet enjoyment is the right for both you and your neighbour/s to occupy, use and enjoy your homes in reasonable privacy without interruption. Overall, your lessor (landlord) or property manager shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your property in complete...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The tenant should notify the landlord in writing about any non urgent repairs, detailing what needs to be repaired. The landlord does not have to fix items if they are items that were disclosed as not working before the tenancy agreement was entered into, or they are items which the tenant could...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Urgent repairs fall into two categories: essential services and other urgent repairs. A suitable repairer must be found within a reasonable timeframe. There are some times when a tenant may need to arrange for the repairer. What some urgent repairs Essential services Essential services are listed...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed: Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished. Only one person is...
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Three information videos are available to help you understand the tenancy laws in WA. Part one: Getting started Part two: Moving in Part three: Ending a tenancy Are you a tenant in a family and domestic violence situation and need some assistance? Find out more about your options to leave or stay...
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Arrive for the hearing on time or a little earlier. Let a court official know you are there, then go to the waiting room. Remain within hearing distance of the court room. If you are not there when your case is called, it could start without you and the magistrate might make an order which may not...
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Obvious maintenance and repair issues should be noted in the property condition report which is required to be completed by the landlord/lessor when the tenant moves into and out of the property. Tenants must keep the property reasonably clean and are expected to hand it back in a similar condition...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The magistrate usually conducts the hearing in the following way (except in the case of a Form 6 application for a bond dispute, where the owner always proceeds first): The applicant tells their story (evidence) and presents any documents in support of their case. Then the respondent questions (...
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15 July 2019 Faster and easier court orders with the eCourts Portal of Western Australia Use the eCourts Portal of Western Australia to take advantage of new features designed to receive your court...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Jul 2019
New! Family and domestic violence tenancy flowcharts for lessors and tenants When a tenant’s interest in a lease terminates due to family and domestic violence there are certain procedures that...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Jul 2019
27 June 2019 Licence renewals and reminders As mentioned in bulletin #87 , our Licensing Services team now sends out digital renewal reminders exclusively by SMS and email: Three months prior to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Jun 2019
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 An on-site tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to being affected by...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with assist with managing notifications and date counting when the SAT orders a perpetrator tenant to leave due to...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when an on-site tenant leaves due to family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 A tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to family and domestic...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 When the Court orders termination of perpetrator tenant’s interest in a lease on grounds of family and domestic violence Landlords and property managers can use...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020

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A landlord who spent tenants’ security bonds, harassed a tenant and took too much rent money up front, has been fined $24,000 after Consumer Protection prosecuted him for breaching tenancy laws. 37-year-old Carl Raymond Olsen of Meekatharra, who owned and leased out a property in High Wycombe during 2013 and 2014, failed to appear at the Midland Magistrates Court to face charges on 27 October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2015
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll In July 2014 Consumer Protection saw a growth in mould issues, raised mostly by tenants but also by landlords and property managers in WA. The seasonal spike, also seen in 2013, can be attributed to cooler, wetter weather and means we’re expecting similar figures around now and in the months up to October. Mould is a fungus that thrives on...
Consumer Protection
Department News
11 Aug 2015
With Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll Things to consider before making an offer on a property You might walk into a home and fall in love with it very quickly but it is important to do your own research and ask questions before making a written offer on a property. There is no mandatory cooling-off period for real estate contracts in Western Australia, so make sure you know what you...
Consumer Protection
Department News
13 Jul 2015
The Building Commission has released the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) as the first part of the public comment phase of the statutory review of the Architects Act 2004 . The review addresses some broad policy issues concerning the need to register architects, the adoption of a national recognition model, whether to extend the registration of architects to other building design...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Feb 2015
July 2020: Please note the iRentWA app is no longer supported. The Renting a home section of this website continues to be WA consumers’ go-to place for all renting information. Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015

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