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Unless the contract makes specific provision, properties are sold in reasonably the same state as when first inspected. So it is essential to conduct a thorough physical inspection of the property prior to the settlement being finalised. Once you have inspected the property, if you want changes to...
Buying a property
When signing a contract of sale, it is recommended you make one of your conditions subject to a building inspection that is satisfactory to you. As the buyer, you will be responsible for contracting and paying for a suitably qualified building inspector, surveyor or architect to provide a...
Buying a property
Handy checklist to help you compare properties, to use at a pre-settlement inspection or before you accept the keys / take full ownership of the property. A pest inspection could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. For more information visit our pages on pest control . Property...
Buying a property
All Australian businesses must comply with the Australian Consumer Law. This law also applies to the property industry. Consumer guarantees on goods and services Unconscionable conduct Unfair contract laws False or misleading representations Misleading or deceptive conduct What we do: Provide...
Selling property
If you are buying an established property to renovate, ask an architect, draftsperson or builder to report on the kind of work possible, some ideas may look good on paper but not be structurally sound. Even if you do not intend to renovate, a building inspection before you buy can identify repairs...
Buying a property
Buying a property is a major investment. Getting your first home can be both exciting and stressful. It is a major decision that takes planning and research, and careful budgeting. Know what you want and can afford Make a list of: your preferred areas essential features your wish list of non-...
Buying a property
Refunds of licence fees will be considered with reference to the particular circumstances, and the requirements of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (“the REBA Act”) and associated Regulations. The Commissioner may in “special circumstances” refund the whole or part of any fee paid for a...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
The lessor can ask a prospective tenant to complete an application form to help them assess the suitability of a tenant. A lessor can also look in a tenancy database . If they do they must let the prospective tenant know, in writing, which database they use and if they find any information. A...
Beginning a tenancy
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about real estate laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Bulletins Real estate bulletins issue 63 through to current Archive issues 1 - 62 (June 2011 - June 2014). Forms Application...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Participants operating outside of the Western Australia, or in its remote and regional areas, will be given adequate opportunities to obtain their CPD points. A remote participant is any participant whose principal place of business falls outside a 100 km radius of Perth or Busselton. To assist...
Settlement agents and conveyancers

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30 July 2019 Reminder – Financial audit year ended 30 June, deadline of 30 September 2019 approaching! All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jul 2019
30 July 2019 New! Information and resources regarding illegal drug activity in homes Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jul 2019
30 July 2019 How a mortgagee repossession would affect your tenants If you have failed to keep up with the mortgage payments for your rental property, the mortgagee (the bank, credit union etc.) may...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Jul 2019
Significant changes to the Retirement Villages 1992 Act (RV Act) were put in place prior to 2016 as a result of the stage one review. Many of these changes focused on providing the consumer with more...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Aug 2019
15 July 2019 Faster and easier court orders with the eCourts Portal of Western Australia Use the eCourts Portal of Western Australia to take advantage of new features designed to receive your court...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Jul 2019
New! Family and domestic violence tenancy flowcharts for lessors and tenants When a tenant’s interest in a lease terminates due to family and domestic violence there are certain procedures that...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Jul 2019
27 June 2019 Licence renewals and reminders As mentioned in bulletin #87 , our Licensing Services team now sends out digital renewal reminders exclusively by SMS and email: Three months prior to...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Jun 2019
A co-tenant can use this flowchart to understand procedures and assist with notification and date counting when their co-tenant is leaving due to family and domestic violence circumstances. Related...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
An on-site tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to being affected by family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019
Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with assist with managing notifications and date counting when the SAT orders a perpetrator tenant to leave due to family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
04 Jul 2019

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Announcements

Funding to provide family violence rental law education for tenant advocates After the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House in June 2018, $50,000 from the State Government’s Consumer Credit Account is being granted to Tenancy WA to train community workers ahead of the tenancy law changes. Tenancy WA in conjunction with the Women’s Council...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2018
An Aubin Grove real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate suspended for six months and the agency was fined $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the misuse of a trust account. James Ademola Oladejo is the person in bona fide control of Jim’s Realty Pty Ltd . Both the agent and the agency were reprimanded by the SAT. In September 2016, Mr Oladejo dishonestly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard No place for family violence Did you know WA is second only to the NT when it comes to rates of family and domestic violence (FDV) and there were more than 50,000 reported incidents across the State in 2016-17? Sadly, family violence is a growing problem in our community and the abuse, whether physical or psychological, often occurs in...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Western Australian building contractor Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) has entered into liquidation. Cameron Shaw and Richard Albarran of Hall Chadwick have been appointed as the liquidators of the company. Building Commissioner Ken Bowron advises that the company’s status will now trigger policies of home indemnity insurance (HII). Affected home owners should contact their insurer for details of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 May 2018
Please note - The original Building Services Board findings described here have been superseded by a State Administrative Tribunal review. Please refer to this announcement about the Tribunal's decision, which was published in November 2018. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM APRIL 2018: An East Victoria Park building surveying company , Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (BSC226...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 May 2018
WA landlords are still being duped into renting their properties to crime gangs who turn their investment homes into cannabis grow-houses, causing extensive damage to the property. Consumer Protection and WA Police have renewed their warning to landlords to be extra vigilant with the incidents of cannabis grow-houses in rentals continuing to be a major concern for authorities. The joint warning...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2018
A Perth city real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over offences relating to their property management practices. South Coast Realty (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Rental Solutions of Hay Street Perth, was fined $3,000 for eight offences under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2018
A real estate sales representative who purported to work for a Wanneroo real estate agency after her employment had been terminated has been disqualified from applying for registration for two and a half years by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Olivia Loretta Anne Murray was also ordered to pay costs of $4,000 after Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against her for breaching...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018

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