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Nominating for a Consumer Protection Award The frequently asked questions below provide some helpful information about the Consumer Protection Awards such as the essential entry requirements, how to apply for an award and the judging process. When do nominations open and close? Nominations open in...
Consumer Protection Awards
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?
The State Government is making available $30 million for grants of up to $2,000 for Western Australian private residential tenants who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on or after 20 March 2020, and are facing financial hardship. Please read all information on this page...
Having problems with renting a home?
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued some advice about your renting rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The frequently asked questions below address residential tenancy issues and how they are covered by legislation. This information will be updated...
Having problems with renting a home?
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:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/publications\/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19...
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 is now open, submissions close Wednesday 30 September 2020 Current consultation phase – Clarifying when the Retirement Villages Act 1992 (WA) (the Act) applies We need your thoughts about reforms to retirement village laws. This is the third in a series of consultation papers...
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13 July 2020 It’s important to know the difference between a section 14 (rent default) notice and a section 19 (remedial) notice. If you are a tenant unable to pay rent due to being affected by the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Jul 2020
2 July 2020 COVID-19 and section 19 (remedial) notices It’s important for tenants to know the difference between a section 19 (remedial) and section 14 (rent default) notice. This eBulletin explains...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Jul 2020
Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme - Can't pay your rent? poster to download, print and share. Key message: There is a special grant of up to $2,000 available to help with rent if you're struggling...
Consumer Protection
Poster
24 Jun 2020
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier.
Building and Energy
Advisory note
14 May 2020
11 May 2020 COVID-19 and property access – an update This bulletin supersedes tenant bulletin 18 issued on 6 April 2020. On 26 April 2020 Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook announced...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 May 2020
This flowchart explains how the mandatory conciliation process works. For additional information, including how to apply, see the COVID-19 Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service page...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 May 2020
A note about these documents The Guidelines for rent repayment agreements under the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 and Optional COVID-19 rent repayment agreement template provided...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
25 Jun 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 by Tenants' bulletin issue 19 . Content has been updated due to changes to the requirements for viewings and open homes announced by the Premier on Sunday 26 April...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 May 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
15 Jun 2020

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If you’re stuck in a deadlock with your landlord or tenant over a COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic related tenancy issue, a new service can help resolve the dispute without needing to step foot inside a courtroom. Our recently launched Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) is a free process that aims to help both sides come to an agreement through informal discussion in a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jun 2020
Greater protections for people living in park homes in Western Australia are one step closer after new laws were passed by State Parliament. Changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 will give tenants who rent a site or a home in a residential park better clarity with contracts and costs as well as set new rules relating to terminations. Long-stay tenancies can involve living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
Failing to lodge security bonds on time has resulted in a South Perth real estate agency and its director being fined a total of $5,000, following mediation in the State Administrative Tribunal. MI Real Estate Pty Ltd, trading as Soco Realty, had accepted security bonds from three tenants in the southern suburbs, but failed to lodge them as soon as practicable, or within 14 days, as required by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2020
The McGowan Government has created a free conciliation service to assist renters and landlords reach agreement about coronavirus (COVID-19) related tenancy disputes, without having to go to court. The aim of the Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) is for all sides to reach a fair and achievable solution through informal discussion. Unlike court where a decision is imposed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2020
Heating appliances will soon be emerging from hibernation as cooler weather sets in, particularly with many of us working from home this winter. If you are using a gas heater, our colleagues at Building and Energy have issued a timely warning about the dangers of exposure to carbon monoxide, which can leak from faulty, poorly maintained or misused gas appliances. Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2020
If you’re a tenant who’s lost their job in the coronavirus crunch, you may be wondering how to afford what’s likely the household’s biggest weekly expense – the rent. To relieve some of the burden, the State Government has announced a $30 million residential rental relief scheme, which will see payments equivalent of four weeks’ rent up to a maximum of $2000 granted to landlords on behalf of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2020
More than 18,000 people have wanted to know how WA’s new rent relief scheme works, with hundreds having started their application, hoping for a grant covering four weeks’ rent up to $2,000. The State Government’s $30 million Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme will assist renters who are out of work and struggling to pay their rent after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 May 2020
Keeping a roof over everyone’s head has never been more important as thousands of people suffer job losses due to the economic fall-out of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. New laws are now in place to ensure renters can stay in their homes and businesses won’t have to leave their premises, while recognising that landlords shouldn’t be unnecessarily burdened. The emergency residential tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2020
A Caversham real estate agency and its property manager have been fined a total of $12,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for overcharging eight owners of Pilbara rental properties 132 times. Arcturus Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Polaris Realty , was fined $8,000 and property manager Robyn Dale Staggard was fined $4,000 for failing to exercise due care, diligence and skill, breaching the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2020
The McGowan Government has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the COVID-19 pandemic. The package adds to the McGowan Government's $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2020

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