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Land valuers set their own fees however a written disclosure of all fees for service must be disclosed to the client prior to entering into any agreement. Land valuers must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. As with any other...
Land valuers
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Consumer Protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with land valuer specific information. Newsletters Land valuers newsletters Bulletins Land valuers bulletins Forms Application for a land valuer's licence...
Land valuers
A buyer’s agent provides a service directly to consumers looking to buy real estate. Buyer’s agents offer a number of different services, ranging from researching a single property to undertaking a complete search of available property, even evaluating and then negotiating the purchase of property...
Buying a property
As an alternative to post or email, licence, registration or certificate (authorisation) holders (including companies and partnerships, where applicable) can use the Department’s online change of contact system. To use the system you will need to have: Your current authorisation number You can find...
Occupations requiring licensing
If you are thinking of renting out a granny flat it is important to understand which tenancy laws may apply as this will determine both your rights and your responsibilities. In Western Australia, a person renting a granny flat could be a tenant under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 or a lodger...
Types of rental accommodation
Section 76 of the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (the Act) prohibits certain persons from being the administering body or being concerned, directly or indirectly, in the administration of a retirement village unless the person holds an exemption certificate granted by the Commissioner. The purpose of...
Managing a retirement village
It is very important to read the building contract thoroughly and get legal advice from your lawyer if you are unsure. The building contract is a complex document and is generally made up of: the building contract, including a Schedule of Particulars, Addenda or Appendix; drawings; and...
Building or renovating a property
Consumer Protection has a variety of prescribed (mandatory) and template forms. The links below are to help you find the form you need: Licences Motor vehicle industry licensing fees and forms (Motor vehicle dealers, salespersons, yard managers, car market operators, repairers and repair businesses...
Online resources
Identity fraud and scams are increasingly prevalent throughout the community, and the property industry is not immune to falling victim to such events. Bogus sellers Two highly publicised incidents in September 2010 and March/April 2011 resulted in properties being sold in Western Australia without...
Property scams, fraud, and identity checks

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Publications

16 December 2019 New Residential tenancy laws The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 passed through parliament recently, bringing changes to residential tenancy laws that enhance and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Dec 2019
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a tenant be allowed to make certain changes to the property without a landlord's permission? Possible options Allow the...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. How do we ensure landlords do repairs and maintenance to their property? Possible options Require all landlords to lodge a...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should there be a change to how often rent can be increased? Should rent increases be capped? Possible options Limit rent...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should all landlords be required to register with Consumer Protection? Possible options Introduce a compulsory register of all...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. How can we encourage landlords to offer tenants longer leases? Possible options Educate and encourage landlords to offer longer...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should the Residential Tenancies Act safeguard a tenant's privacy? Possible options Educate landlords on best practice for...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a landlord have to give certain information to a tenant before a tenancy agreement is signed? Possible options Educate...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and reponsibilities fairly? Possible options...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Is there a better way to resolve tenancy disputes than going to court? Possible options Offer mediation as a first option. Allow...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020

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Announcements

With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
A real estate sales agent who was showing a prospective tenant a rental property in Beeliar recently was surprised to discover that someone had changed the locks and had already moved in without the authority of the owner. The tenant moved in after responding to a rental accommodation advertisement on Gumtree which ended up being fake. He paid $2,000 to the scammers via a money transfer service...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2019
A real estate sales representative has been disqualified by the State Administrative Tribunal from holding a certificate of registration for ten years after he misappropriated two payments totalling $21,000 into his personal bank account. Matthew Piero Liscia of Dianella was fined $2,000 for two breaches of the relevant real estate industry Codes of Conduct and was also ordered to pay legal costs...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2019
Removing the requirement to have a licence to be an auctioneer in WA is being proposed following a review of the Auction Sales Act. However, protections will be boosted with extra conduct standards and power for the Commissioner for Consumer Protection to take action to prevent unfit persons from working in the auction industry which covers the auctioning of all types of goods, including the sale...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Sep 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection is aware that contamination or damage to homes from illegal drug activity is a worry for tenants, owners and property industry professionals. But how do you identify past production, or smoking, of meth, heroin or cannabis at a property and whether there are potential health risks as a result? We’ve been working with WA’...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Maylands real estate agency and its supervisor have been reprimanded and fined a total of $15,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to lodge tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator within the required time limit and for recording wrong dates when received. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Harcourts Integrity and currently trading as Perth Realty Group , was fined...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2019
A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $1,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal for operating without a current certificate of registration. Shamela Rima Neilson was working for an Attadale real estate agency when her real estate sales representative registration expired in March 2017, but continued to carry out duties as a property manager in breach of the Real Estate and Business...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Aug 2019
A Mandurah real estate sales representative has been cautioned and fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to disclose important information regarding the sewerage of a home that he was selling. Jonathan Kenny-Levick was the co-owner of his home in Dawesville that he put on the market in January 2016 through his agency as the listing representative. At the time, the property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jun 2019
An unauthorised withdrawal from a trust account has resulted in a Fremantle real estate agency being fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Port City Pty Ltd , trading as Port City Real Estate , had withdrawn $4,735 from the trust account in July 2017 as a “break contract fee” in circumstances where its agreement with the client who had engaged the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2019
A real estate sales representative who stole money from an agency’s trust account has been permanently banned from ever holding a certificate of registration in the industry in WA. Kylie Marie Chiplin pleaded guilty and was convicted on 12 April 2019 of stealing $34,803.99 from the trust account of Peard Real Estate Scarborough between February 2016 and May 2018 while employed as a property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2019

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