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Over one third of Western Australian households already have solar PV systems, with numbers growing rapidly. These systems comprise grid-connected, stand-alone and hybrid, incorporating grid and battery back-up. Grid connect systems enable surplus power not used by the household to be fed back into...
Electrical installations
The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Amendment Bill 2018 was passed through Parliament on 25 June 2020. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 with the aim of improving certainty of contract and promoting fair dealing between the parties...
Site agreements
Western Australian electrical safety regulations require all lighting points to have earth protection using a conductor connected to the main earth of the building’s electrical installation. The earthing conductor must be connected to a suitably robust earthing terminal of the lighting point (...
Electrical installations
The new Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service was established to help landlords and tenants who have a rental issue during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency period . It was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and tenants reach agreement about a relevant...
Having problems with renting a home?
Important changes to COVID-19 rent relief grant The Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme has expanded to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to pay their rent debt. This next phase of the rent relief grant assists landlords who reduced, deferred or...
Having problems with renting a home?
Renting after the emergency period ends In response to COVID-19, the Western Australian Government implemented a moratorium on some evictions and all rent increases, under the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 . The extended emergency period ends on 28 March 2021, which means that...
Having problems with renting a home?
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COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Your house, My home: Rethinking renting in WA Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020 . Did you know that it has been more than 10 years since the rental laws in Western Australia have been reviewed? With the high cost of owning a home, more Western Australians than...
Consultations
There are two ways the property you're renting can be repossessed: by the mortgagee (i.e. a bank or other lender), which is the most common; or, by a person with superior title (e.g. Government authority). The mortgagee or person with superior title must apply to the Supreme Court to ask for...
When a tenancy ends
Status: CRIS Paper 3 CLOSED on 30 September 2020. A final consultation paper will be released in 2021. Future consultation papers Please note that there has been a change in the consultation process on reforms to retirement village legislation. State Recovery Advisory Group As you may be aware, the...
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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
Application for Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to be completed by tenant. Who can apply for the grant? You are eligible for the grant if: You are tenant or sub-tenant in a private residential...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
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 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
17 December 2020 COVID-19 relief grant will help pay rent debt On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme . The phase three expansion...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Dec 2020
18 December 2020 In this issue: COVID-19 rent laws – how they affect you $600 to pay your power bill – apply for a household electricity credit Consumer Protection December to January office closures...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Dec 2020
18 December 2020 Property management versus people management In this issue: Property management versus people management $600 to pay your power bill – apply for a household electricity credit...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Dec 2020
2 November 2020 Changes to residential parks laws - greater clarity for all residents In this issue: The change to the definition of residential park Take our quick online survey Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Nov 2020
2 November 2020 Update on WA retirement village laws Update on WA retirement village laws consultation Take our quick online survey Consumer Protection Awards 2021 - nominate now Update on WA...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Nov 2020
15 October 2020 Changes to WA’s residential parks laws – what you need to know In this issue: Upcoming changes to WA’s residential parks laws How the changes will affect you When the changes are...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
19 Oct 2020

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Renters who have been doing it tough due to COVID-19 may have been worried about what happens when the moratorium on evictions and rent increases comes to an end on 28 March 2021. In some good news for those tenants and their landlords, the State Government has agreed to pay up to $4,000 off their rental debt under an expanded Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme that is also aimed at keeping...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jan 2020
WA tenants and landlords who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have one last chance to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to go towards paying their rent this Christmas. Phase two of the WA Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) means that tenants who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 and are suffering financial hardship can apply to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2020
Grant funding to be re-purposed to pay 75 per cent of rent arrears to landlords Assistance to prevent evictions at the end of the COVID-19 emergency period To qualify, landlords must offer existing tenants a minimum six month agreement The McGowan Government will expand the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent debt when...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2020
A property manager employed by a Mandurah real estate agency has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $400 costs by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for taking money from the agency’s trust account for her own purposes. Kylie Jo-Anne Thomas was convicted on 8 December 2020 of making unauthorised withdrawals from the trust account in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. In August and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2020
Even though Western Australians are getting back on their feet post the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are some who are still struggling to make ends meet due to losing their jobs or suffering reduced hours at work. If you’re a tenant whose income has dropped 75 per cent or more, you should know that the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme – which covers four-weeks’ rent up to the value of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
A Mount Lawley real estate agency, its supervising director and two staff members have been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the failure to lodge three tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator as well as related irregularities found in the agency’s accounts. Beaufort Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Michael Johnson & Co and Professionals Michael Johnson & Co at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
The owner of a Wellard property has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $740 in costs for failing to lodge his tenants’ bond. At Rockingham Magistrates Court on 26 October 2020, Anthony Gerlando Scafidi pleaded guilty to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 following a prosecution by Consumer Protection. The law requires a security bond to be lodged with the Bond Administrator as soon as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Nov 2020
There’s a lot to weigh-up when hunting for a rental home, such as your budget and the location, but one important thing to investigate is whether the property is actually available. Scammers are taking advantage of Perth’s tight rental market by posting fake adverts, or responding to ‘rental wanted’ posts, on classified sites and pretending to be landlords with vacant homes for lease. WA ScamNet...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2020
Next stage of grant helps tenants and landlords still affected by COVID-19 Tenants who received grant and are still in hardship can apply again Rent relief of up to $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords Western Australian tenants struggling financially after losing their jobs will have a second chance to claim the State Government's rent relief grant, helping renters and their landlords...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2020
A Highgate business has been ordered to pay almost $11,000 in fines, costs and compensation after failing to lodge or return the bond money for three Leederville units. Newblack Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Verandah Apartments , did not have a representative at Perth Magistrates Court on 4 September 2020 when it was sentenced for three breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 , which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Sep 2020

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