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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 (this eligibility criterion also includes a reduction of 75 per cent or more of...
Having problems with renting a home?
COVID-19 rent laws extended The State Government has extended the emergency period under the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (the Act) until 28 March 2021. This means that the existing laws, including the moratorium on rent increases and some termination of tenancies will stay in...
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 CLOSED. 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 McGowan...
Consultations
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
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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
16 September 2020 Spontaneous ceiling collapse Imagine you are eating dinner or watching television and suddenly the ceiling caves in. This may sound far-fetched but unfortunately ceiling collapses...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Sep 2020
4 September 2020 Why would I need a property condition report? Property condition reports (PCRs) describe the condition of the property at a point in time and protect you from being held responsible...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
04 Sep 2020
This document provides contact details for asbestos regulators and information sources.
WorkSafe
Brochure
17 Aug 2020
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
28 Aug 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
Flowchart last updated: 17 September 2020 This flowchart explains how the mandatory conciliation process works. For additional information, including how to apply, see the COVID-19 Residential...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
17 Sep 2020

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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
Key points Emergency period under Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 extended to March 28, 2021 New Landlord Hotline phone advisory service available Rent relief grant and mandatory conciliation to continue The State Government will extend the moratorium on rent increases and other provisions until March 28, 2021 in an effort to preserve stability and certainty in the rental...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2020
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

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