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Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
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. Bulletins Land valuers bulletins Forms Application for a land valuer's licence Land valuers licence renewal application...
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...
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23 December 2020 Rent in advance guidelines Some renters have contacted us recently with concerns about receiving requests to pay more than two weeks rent in advance. So it’s a good time to provide...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Dec 2020
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
23 December 2020 Amendments to the code of conduct Recent amendments to the Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016 (WA) (SA Code) bring the fee disclosure requirements in line with those under the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Dec 2020
17 December 2020 COVID-19 relief grant will help pay rent debt On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme . The phase three expansion...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Dec 2020
17 December 2020 COVID-19 relief grant will help pay rent debt On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme . The phase three expansion...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Dec 2020
17 December 2020 COVID-19 relief grant will help pay rent debt On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme . The phase three expansion...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Dec 2020
9 December 2020 Changes to Compulsory Professional Development program In December 2019, bulletin 96 outlined some law changes including those affecting the Compulsory Professional Development (CPD)...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Dec 2020
9 December 2020 Changes to Compulsory Professional Development program In July 2020, bulletin 225 outlined recent changes to the Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) program . These include the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
10 Dec 2020
13 November 2020 Consumer Protection WA webinar COVID-19 rent laws - Practical advice for property managers Hello Join us on Wednesday 18 November 2020 for an interactive live webinar to receive...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Nov 2020
4 November 2020 Registration and licence qualification changes Effective 31 October 2020, new qualification requirements apply for anyone seeking a sales representative registration or real estate...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Nov 2020

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Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping After recent cyclones and storms there will be many Western Australians who have been cleaning-up and are now looking to fix property damage, such as roof or fence repairs. Although we haven’t had any reports of travelling conmen or unlicensed traders, we know the calm after the storm is often when they go door-to-door, offering cheap deals...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Lanie Chopping Perth’s rental prices have flat-lined for almost three years, but there are strong indications the market could be resuscitated in 2020. According to REIWA, the number of rental listings fell nine per cent in the last three months of 2019 – helping to nudge down the vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent and resulting in increased competition among...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
Wild weather across Western Australia has prompted Consumer Protection to issue advice to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities when a rental property is damaged. Landlords and tenants are urged to make contact early and maintain open communication in the aftermath of extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones and flooding. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
UPDATE 20/04/2021: After Consumer Protection reported on the outcome of this case on 27 February 2020, Christina Cramphorn successfully applied for the judgement to be set aside on the basis that she was not present when the case was heard by the Rockingham Magistrates Court. A re-trial was held on 25 March 2021 and Ms Cramphorn again failed to attend and Magistrate Andretich accepted that she...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2020
Failing to lodge bonds on time and inaccurate record-keeping has resulted in a Karratha real estate agent being ordered to pay $24,069 in fines and costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. Peard Real Estate Karratha collected bonds from six tenants in the Karratha region between September 2017 and January 2018, but failed to lodge them within 14 days as required by the Residential Tenancies Act. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
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

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