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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 (...
Having problems with renting a home?
Whether you win or lose in court may depend on whether you followed the correct procedures in handling the dispute from the beginning to the court stage, and how thorough you are in preparing your evidence. Make sure you have records of all notices, receipts and other relevant documents that will...
Having problems with renting a home?
Applications must be made to the court closest to the rented premises, unless the parties in the dispute agree to a different arrangement. Check with the court as to how this can be done. The address of the court where the hearing will take place is shown on a form, which will be sent to you. Court...
Having problems with renting a home?
A glossary for residential tenancies Assign the premises : To transfer rights to occupy the premises and associated responsibilities to another person. Bond: Money paid by the tenant and held by the Bond Administrator as security against damage to the premises. Breach of agreement: The breaking of...
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When can a person be listed on a database? A person can only be listed on a residential tenancy database if: they were named as a tenant in a residential tenancy agreement that has ended; they breached the agreement; and because of the breach either: they still owe more than the security bond...
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The most common disputes which end up in court include: disputes about the return of bond money; overdue rent; damage to property; maintenance of the premises; and problems when ending tenancy agreements. Whatever the problem, the most important thing to remember is lessors and tenants should keep...
Having problems with renting a home?
Tenancy databases may be used by lessors as a way of screening prospective tenants. Tenancy databases may be used by lessors (landlords) or real estate agents as a way of screening people who have applied to rent a property. They are commonly referred to as “blacklists” or “bad tenant databases”...
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The way you manage a dispute about the disposal of a bond depends on the type of accommodation you are renting. Residential tenancy At the end of a residential tenancy, if you can't come to an agreement about getting a disposal form signed or if a dispute arises over how the bond money should be...
Bonds
The following information explains what payments can be passed on from council rates, water, gas and electricity charges. Council rates Tenancy agreements from 1 July 2013 cannot make a tenant liable for paying council rates. For a tenancy agreement prior to 1 July 2013 that has not been renewed,...
Rent and other payments
If the tenant is causing or is likely to cause serious damage to a property, or where relevant, common areas or chattels within a common area, or the landlord believes they could injure an agent, a neighbour or the landlord, the landlord can apply immediately to the Magistrates Court for an order...
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Any individuals , partnerships or companies wishing to operate as real estate or business agents in Western Australia are required, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 , to be licensed...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
25 Mar 2020
19 July Homelessness Week event for landlords You are invited to hear a variety of speakers talking about action that landlords can take to prevent and respond to homelessness on 9 August 2018...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Jul 2018
16 July 2018 Considering buying a rent-roll? Buying a rent-roll can be an attractive way to grow your business. However, it can be a complex undertaking and a source of headaches down the road if not...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jul 2018
Who needs to complete a reference A business reference is required when applying for a real estate or business agent licence. Business reference References from relatives/domestic partner,...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
17 Jul 2018
Who needs to apply for a licence Any individuals , partnerships or companies wishing to operate as real estate or business agents in Western Australia are required, under the Real Estate and Business...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
25 Mar 2020
10 July 2018 Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator no later than 14 days after you have received the money from the tenant. This includes any bond assistance loan money that may have...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Jul 2018
29 June 2018 Updated trust account handbook Consumer Protection recently updated the trust account handbook for settlement agents , to assist you with your trust accounting responsibilities. You...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2018
A real estate agent had his licence and triennial certificate suspended and the agency received a substantial fine over the misuse of a trust account. Read more about the agent, the suspension and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2018
20 June 2018 From Monday 2 July 2018 our cashier counter services will be located on Level 1 at 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington WA 6107. Payments will no longer be accepted at 140 William Street...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Jun 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018

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Announcements

A Perth real estate agency is believed to have lost more than $50,000 in an elaborate accommodation scam which also involved them organising a Greek interpreter for a fictitious wedding. The agency, which deals with short-term and long-term holiday rentals, received a call last month from a man claiming to be from England requesting to book one week’s accommodation for a wedding party of eight...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2015
A real estate agent has had his licence suspended for a year and has been fined $10,000 after being reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for mismanaging the agency’s trust accounts. This penalty took into account the eighteen months in which he did not perform the duties of a licensed agent immediately prior to the SAT decision. Steven Charles Webster , who was sole Director of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2015
Registered building contractor John Anthony Kaminski (reg. BC3878) , as the nominated supervisor for the company TLF Construction Group Pty Ltd (reg. BC11766), has been fined $2,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct and failing to properly manage and supervise a building project, following a disciplinary proceeding under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Dec 2015
The State Government has announced reforms for building in bushfire-prone areas of Western Australia. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has prepared a map which identifies the bushfire-prone areas across the State. A bushfire hazard assessment will be required for new homes in areas identified as bushfire-prone on the map. The assessment will determine the level of construction...
Building and Energy
Department News
07 Dec 2015
East Perth builder Predrag Jedinko Turibaka (reg. BC9323 & BP9323) has been fined $1,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 in relation to residential building work projects in West Leederville and Fremantle.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe When you think of Consumer Protection you might associate the agency with helping people who have bought products or services, however tenancy is a big part of what we do. Recently, a landlord who spent tenants’ security bonds, harassed a tenant and took too much rent money up front, was fined $24,000 after we prosecuted him. 37-year-old...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Nov 2015
WA consumers who signed up to rent-to-buy property deals will receive a total of $70,000 compensation as settlement of Supreme Court action taken by Consumer Protection against the promoters of the scheme. The compensation will go to three groups of consumers who agreed to take part in rent-to-buy property deals promoted by Presto Property Solutions Pty Ltd and its Director Ms Rowan Amanda Lines...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2015
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
A real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence over the depositing and recording of payments from tenants. Chukwudi Nnamdi Ejindu , trading as Black Swan Real Estate of Landsdale, had accepted 13 cash payments from tenants between January 2013 and June 2014 and held them in his office safe. It...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2015
Thornlie man Kim Godfrey (PL986 – suspended) has been fined and had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Sep 2015

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