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Retirement village resources and sources of information There are a number of sources of information about retirement villages in Western Australia, some of which are outlined below. Consumer Protection: Contact the Seniors' Housing Centre on 1300 367 057. Read the So you're thinking of moving into...
Living in a retirement village
Most properties in Western Australia are sold through an offer and acceptance process. A person makes a formal offer in writing to buy a property, and the seller, sometimes called the vendor, can either make a counter offer, reject the offer, or accept it and communicate that acceptance to the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
A real estate auction is the process of buying and selling property by offering it to bidders at a forum conducted by a licensed auctioneer. Application for an auctioneer’s licence is made to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia . The property will be sold by an auctioneer to the bidder who...
Selling a property
Another option for building is to buy a block of land and build on the land at a later date. You should be aware that choosing a block of land can affect the cost of building and the design of house that will be possible to build. Making a good choice of block will depend on a number of factors,...
Buying a property
Residential park residents (tenants) are covered by a set of specific laws. If you are simply staying at a residential park for a holiday you are not covered by the same laws, however you still have general consumer rights. You are not covered by residential park laws if you are: on holiday; a park...
Site agreements
Think carefully before s igning a contract for a n established property as t here is no requirement for a cooling-off period in WA. The bottom of the offer and acceptance contract has space for you and the seller to include terms (or special conditions) in the contract. If the seller has included...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Settlement date The settlement date is the deadline for all the promises made in the contract to be completed. If all the contract terms have been satisfied, Landgate (formerly the Department of Land Information) will, upon lodgement of the relevant documents and a fee, transfer the title in the...
Property contracts (offer and acceptance)
Each year, participants must obtain six CPD points by completing selected activities. Consumer Protection reviews the needs of the industry annually and prescribes the core and elective CPD subjects for the coming year. Only Consumer Protection approved activities can attract CPD points. Training...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
The CPD guide for settlement agents is a publication containing all CPD information provided on this website. All licensed settlement agents carrying on business in Western Australia who have current triennial certificates, are required to comply with the CPD program. The requirements of CPD are...
Settlement agents and conveyancers
A security bond is a payment made in advance by a tenant to cover any costs for which the tenant may be liable at the end of the tenancy, such as damage to the property or chattels, outstanding water usage charges or unpaid rent. When a tenant pays the bond, the lessor must give a receipt on the...
Bonds

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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
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 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...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 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...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 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...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 Park operators can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when an on-site tenant leaves due to family and domestic violence...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 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...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 A tenant can use this flowchart to assist with proper notification and date counting when they wish to leave their tenancy early due to family and domestic...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 When the Court orders termination of perpetrator tenant’s interest in a lease on grounds of family and domestic violence Landlords and property managers can use...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Flowchart last updated 17 July 2020 Landlords and property managers can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when a tenant leaves due to family and domestic...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Jul 2020
Landlords and property managers can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when notifying a tenant that they have breached agreement terms and remedy is sought...
Consumer Protection
Information
26 Jun 2019

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A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal after falling victim to a holiday accommodation booking scam which resulted in a $45,000 loss for her employer, a Scarborough real estate agency. Vicki Theresa Redfern had failed to exercise due skill, care and diligence, in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents’ Code of Conduct, when dealing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 2017
An Ellenbrook settlement agent has been fined $14,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for their role in relation to two failed Pilbara strata property deals involving what is termed ‘mezzanine financing’. KDD Conveyancing Services Pty Ltd was reprimanded by the SAT and also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 for breaching the Settlement Agents Act and Code of Conduct over unauthorised...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal after a Balga house was sold without the consent of one of the owners. The owners were a couple who had moved overseas and the agency was duped by the husband into believing that his wife and children were killed by the Taliban in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2017
Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in WA to be extra vigilant. In the latest case, the buyer of a Karrinyup property lost $20,000 after cyber criminals sent an email purporting to be from his real estate agent requesting the deposit be paid into a bank...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2017
A Wandi property manager has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and a current triennial certificate. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau was also ordered to pay costs of $1,784 after being convicted on 20 November 2017 for holding herself out as a real estate agent and demanding and receiving monies in respect of services as an agent while unlicensed. Ms Liau was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Nov 2017
A real estate sales representative has been permanently disqualified from ever holding a certificate of registration in WA and fined $1,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after fabricating multiple purchase offers on four Perth properties. Gayla Currie , who worked for Century 21 Max Comben real estate agency in Morley, was also ordered to pay costs of $1,200 in SAT orders published...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2017
Recent fire events in Australia and worldwide have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Oct 2017
An urgent alert to the WA real estate and settlement industries, as well as to buyers and sellers of properties, has been issued by Consumer Protection after three recent cyber-attacks have resulted in almost $590,000 being stolen in property-related scams. In the worst case, an 83 year old property buyer in Perth’s western suburbs has lost $557,000 after the fraudsters intercepted email...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2017

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