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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
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
Bonds
Information for real estate consumers Consumer Protection have developed a number of publications to assist consumers with real estate transactions. Home buyers Home Buyers Survival Guide Sale by offer and acceptance Buying vacant land Buying land or property off-the-plan Timber pest inspections...
Buying a property
What can you do with goods abandoned by your tenant when they leave The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any abandoned goods. This information is intended to assist if you cannot contact them or they provide no instruction for...
When a tenancy ends
Keeping safe in your rental property Quick close this page To close this window immediately, click on the orange exit button (right on a desktop computer or bottom for a mobile device) or press Ctrl +W if you are using a keyboard. For information about how to browse incognito, erase your history,...
Having problems with renting a home?
Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate agents alike due to potential health and safety risks to occupants. Of primary concern are houses — mostly rental properties — that have been used to manufacture, grow or smoke illegal...
Having problems with renting a home?
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
About us
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Status: CLOSED , Friday 30 June 2017 Background Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act , although boarding premises...
Consultations
Refunds will be considered with reference to the particular circumstances, and the requirements of the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (“the SA Act”) and associated Regulations. Settlement Agent Licence applications and triennial certificate renewal applications Licence and triennial certificate fee...
Settlement agents and conveyancers

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28 February 2020 Consumer Protection is warning tenants to be aware of any electric shocks or tingles at their residential premises and ensure they are reported to their electrical network operator...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Apr 2020
18 February 2020 Let us know your thoughts on renting in WA On Friday 20 December 2019, Consumer Protection released a consultation paper to commence the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Apr 2020
The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
30 January 2020 Pool safety - it's everyone's responsibility When a property has a pool or portable pool it’s important to ensure full compliance with safety requirements to prevent drowning deaths...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Feb 2020
29 January 2020 Reminder - 2019 audit report deadline approaching! All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2019 calendar year must...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jan 2020
THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
Fact sheets grouped for easy downloading We have combined all 15 fact sheets into one document to make downloading more convenient. Topics include: Before the tenancy Tenancy applications Landlord...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2020
24 December 2019 Changes have been made to the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the Act), which will come into effect on 1 January 2020. This bulletin provides a brief overview of the more significant...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Jan 2020
24 December 2019 A Bill was passed by the Parliament in September 2019 which amends parts of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (the REBA Act) from 1 January 2020. This bulletin provides a...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jan 2020
23 December 2019 New Residential tenancy laws The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 passed through parliament recently, bringing changes to the REBA Act and residential tenancy laws...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Jan 2020

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A Queensland-based property management company was fined $80,000 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court on 11 February 2020 for failing to lodge tenancy bonds on time and for keeping records that contained false dates. Asset Realty Pty Ltd , which has a registered place of business in Welshpool, had accepted bonds from eight tenants, mostly in the Mandurah area, but had failed to lodge them with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2020
A woman who falsely claimed to have a real estate sales representative registration while carrying out the functions of a property manager was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $349.50 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 24 January 2020. Jane Nicole Ford of East Victoria Park began working for a Willetton property management company as an administration assistant in February 2015...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2020
Laws that cover renting of homes in Western Australia are being fully reviewed for the first time in more than a decade and Consumer Protection wants to hear from tenants, landlords and professionals who manage rental properties. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said a lot has changed since the last full review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and he is encouraging the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Imagine waiting four years for money owed to you after leaving a retirement village. In extreme cases it’s the shocking reality for former retirement village residents who are left in serious financial hardship and distress and unable to pay for alternative accommodation. We know seniors in this position may have urgent needs to move into...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2019
A real estate sales representative who failed to complete Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) training as required by a special condition on his certificate of registration has been reprimanded and fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Consumer Protection began disciplinary action against Charles James Clarke , who works for a Cottesloe real estate agency, when he failed to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It has been my position for a number of years that a small amount of damage to a wall, which can easily be repaired, is a small price to pay for ensuring the safety of children living in a rental home. Since 2001, on average, one child a year has died in Australia from toppling furniture with many more suffering serious injuries. I’m really...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2019
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Message from Building and Energy A/Executive Director, Saj Abdoolakhan *Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the date for responding to the CRIS has been extended to 30 June 2020 Building and Energy is inviting Western Australians to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial building approval...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Dec 2019
The landlord of a Darch rental property has been fined $4,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for failing to lodge a bond with the Bond Administrator and was ordered to pay back the $1,400 bond to his tenant. Ive Cvitan of Darch entered into a rental agreement with the tenant in May 2017 when the $1,400 bond was paid and a receipt was issued, however Mr Cvitan did not provide the tenant with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
New laws supporting children’s safety have come into force for tenants who are now allowed to fix furniture to the walls of their rental home and the landlord can only object in limited circumstances. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act aim to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture and electronic equipment such as TVs falling on top of young children. On average since 2001, one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2019

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