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In planning housing and lifestyle options, some people consider re-financing options that allow them to access equity built up in their existing home. Equity is the difference between the value of your home and any amount you still owe on it. These products are known as reverse mortgages or equity...
Accessing equity
Before you make any major decision about your housing options, please research your options thoroughly. It is a good idea to review the laws relating to your accommodation choice and to get independent advice. Resources Acts and regulations Copies of the Acts listed in this guide can be found at...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
Deciding where you want to live in your retirement can be daunting. No one knows what the future holds - you need to take into account various situations may arise but also realise you cannot control every possibility. Housing needs change with time. You may be considering changes to your housing...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
You can contact the Seniors's Housing Centre team by telephone, email or visiting our office. Phone 1300 367 057 Email seniors.housing@dmirs.wa.gov.au Office Perth CBD Location Level 2, 140 William Street PERTH WA 6000 Please use the public lifts in Railway Lane off Murray St mall (in between Typo...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - contracts and agreements fact sheet. Family agreements A family agreement is an arrangement made between an older person and another party, usually family, friends or carers. The older person agrees to sell or...
Contracts and agreements
Whether building, buying, renting, moving to a retirement village, purchasing services or refinancing, you are likely to be entering into a legal contract between yourself and another party. The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - Contracts and agreements...
Contracts and agreements
Home ownership may not suit everyone's budget or lifestyle so it may be worthwhile considering the alternatives: Boarding and Lodging If you are a boarder, you pay rent to stay at another person's property and meals are usually provided. Lodgers pay rent to stay at another person's property, but...
Buying a property
Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room, or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Residential Parks Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always...
Specialised accommodation

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The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017
The McGowan Government today announced amendments to residential caravan park laws to provide extra protections for Western Australians. Changes will be made to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, which regulates the relationship between park operators and long-stay tenants. This will balance the interests of operators and tenants, and ensure fairer dealings between the parties...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection will conduct specific investigations into retirement village complaints, particularly relating to contracts being offered by operators in WA, to ensure that the rights of retirees are being protected. The special investigation unit of senior investigators and lawyers will expand the Department’s ongoing proactive compliance program which has resulted in recent improvements in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on the 15 th of May and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam. Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re connected to and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it. Consumer Protection has received reports from a number of people recently who have fallen victim to personal loan scams and have given personal information which could lead to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Jan 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard As the warmer months approach, many of us have a list of home maintenance tasks to tick-off and that might include sprucing up hard-to-reach places during a ‘Spring-clean’, emptying gutters or pruning trees in the garden. It’s timely to talk about a growing and troubling product safety issue relating to the way ladders are used,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Oct 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Changes to the way several new TV channels broadcast is causing reception issues for some television users, and sellers of TVs or set top boxes should attune to this. Until recently, all networks were broadcasting in either standard definition or high definition using the MPEG-2 video format. Now, however, some high definition...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2016
Extra protections for Seniors who are considering living in a retirement village have now come into effect, with operators required to provide clearer disclosure of information before any contracts are signed. The changes to regulations covering retirement villages, which started on 1 April 2016, build on requirements implemented in 2015 that require operators to provide more extensive...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016
The 9th of July 2015 was an ordinary day for busy mum-of-three Danielle Stubbs at her Woodvale family home. Her eldest daughter’s ‘Frozen’ microphone was not working and Danielle had unscrewed the battery compartment, removed the dead batteries and put them on the kitchen bench ready to take them with her to the shops so that she could buy replacements that matched. Each battery was only the...
Consumer Protection
Alert
15 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe... You may have seen or heard adverts about ways to pay for your funeral in advance to take the pressure off your family when the time comes. A funeral could cost thousands of dollars depending on the kind of service you want, which means planning ahead is a good idea. However, paying for funeral cover can be expensive and complex. One of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 Oct 2015

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