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Ask your family or friends to recommend an architect, builder or tradesperson they have recently used. Shop around and get recommendations. If you are using an architect, ask them to recommend two or three building practitioners who have worked for other clients, as a starting point. You should...
Building or renovating a property
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 property industry laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with real estate specific information. Bulletins Real estate bulletins issue 63 - current Archive issues 1 - 62 (June 2011 - June 2014) Forms Application and...
Real estate agents and sales representatives

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23 April 2020 You may recall recent changes to the Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the SA Act) which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means you are now required to meet your annual compulsory...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020
23 April 2020 You probably recall changes to the Real Estate and Business Agents (General) Regulations 1979 which came into effect on 1 January 2020. This means if you’re a real estate agent,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Apr 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020
This bulletin has been SUPERSEDED. Content is currently being updated due to changes to the requirements for viewings and open homes announced by the Premier on Sunday 26 April 2020. 6 April 2020...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Apr 2020
26 March 2020 All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2019 calendar year are reminded that they must lodge an audit report with the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Apr 2020
Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement 3 (CRIS 3) is the third in a series of consultation papers regarding the implementation of the remaining Statutory Review of Retirement Villages Legislation,...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
09 Jun 2021
19 March 2020 Fire events in Australia and around the world involving the use of certain types of external wall cladding highlight the need for land valuers to be aware of their obligations in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Mar 2020
18 March 2020 Fire events in Australia and around the world involving the use of certain types of external wall cladding highlight the need for real estate agents, business agents, sales...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Apr 2020

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A Claremont property management agency has been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 13 June 2019 for trust account errors and other breaches of the law. Gemranch Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as TM Residential and Executive Leasing , had breached the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence in Australia and the number of incidents is unfortunately increasing. Family violence affects people from all walks of life making it everyone’s business and all of us have a part to play in preventing it. Changes to WA’s tenancy laws have now come...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court and a new Consumer Protection form can be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2019
Rosie Batty has given her support to planned changes to WA tenancy laws to assist renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV). The former Australian of the Year (2015), who has been a domestic violence campaigner since her son Luke was tragically murdered by his father, gave the endorsement during a visit to Kalgoorlie, where she met with Consumer Protection’s Senior Regional Officer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
A prominent Aboriginal artist has produced a painting to signify positive changes to WA tenancy laws, which will allow renters who’re experiencing family violence to end a lease quickly to leave for safety or have an alleged perpetrator removed from a tenancy agreement. Under the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018, which was passed in Parliament last night (19...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
The McGowan Government's new tenancy laws to better protect tenants experiencing family and domestic violence have passed through State Parliament. The passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill will provide more options and greater support for those experiencing family and domestic violence. The amendments are aimed at giving the victim better choices,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2019
WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection says the prosecution of man, who forged a signature on an application to renew a real estate agent sales representative’s registration, should act as a warning about the importance of honesty in the industry. At Perth Magistrates Court on 8 February 2019, the Accused – who is not named because a spent conviction was granted – was fined $4,000 and ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2019
Lodging bonds late has resulted in a Busselton real estate agency being convicted and receiving a total of $3,500 in a fine and Court costs. Geographe Real Estate Pty Ltd , trading as LJ Hooker Geographe Bay , was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court on 6 February 2019 after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to lodge bonds with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2019

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