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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...
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
Owning and managing strata titled property in Western Australia Strata title is an increasingly popular form of ownership and currently accounts for over one-third of all forms of titles registered in Western Australia. Some strata owners self-manage their property while others employ the services...
Buying a property

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Publications

11 February 2021 In this issue: New phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme COVID-19: Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available New phases of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Feb 2021
11 February 2021 In this issue: Reminder: 2020 trust account audit report due soon Two new phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available Reminder...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Feb 2021
21 January 2021 In this issue: Recent impersonation scams affecting the property industry Changes to mutual recognition laws Impersonation scams affecting the property industry Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jan 2021
21 January 2021 In this issue: Recent impersonation scams affecting the property industry Changes to mutual recognition laws Impersonation scams affecting the property industry Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jan 2021
21 January 2021 In 2020, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed to introduce a uniform scheme for the automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of occupational registrations. The proposed...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Jan 2021
It’s time to start talking about your renting future. In response to COVID-19, the Western Australian Government implemented a moratorium on some evictions and all rent increases, under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
11 Jan 2021
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 remind...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Dec 2020
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 remind...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Dec 2020
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

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Announcements

A real estate agency manager recently jailed for fraud has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and costs for taking more than $220,000 of clients’ money from trust accounts. At Perth Magistrates Court on 18 March 2020, Jason John Vecchio pleaded guilty to 15 breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act for unauthorised withdrawals and mismanagement of the trust accounts in 2015. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Apr 2020
WA tenants are being urged by Consumer Protection to continue to pay their rent unless they are genuinely experiencing severe financial hardship. Landlords and agents are also encouraged to show compassion and to negotiate with tenants who may have lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The agency has receive a number of calls from concerned landlords who claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
A real estate sales representative who was convicted of extortion, assault and perverting the course of justice and then failed to inform Consumer Protection has been banned from working in the industry for 10 years by the State Administrative Tribunal. James Steven Mitsopoulos was deemed to be unfit to hold a certificate of registration which was cancelled. He was first registered in October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2020
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

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