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Renting or hiring a house or apartment Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property. Renting or hiring a house or apartment fact sheet – Electrical and gas If you rent or hire a home or apartment, your landlord has a duty under electrical and...
Gas installations
Renting or hiring a house or apartment. Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property.
Electrical installations
Help is available for residential tenants who need further advice, require assistance in negotiating with their landlord or property manager, or have a tenancy-related legal issue through the Tenancy Advice and Education Service (TAES). TAES is delivered by community legal centres across Western...
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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
Changes to residential parks law ( Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (RP Act) and the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Regulations 2007 (Regulations)) commenced on 31 January 2022. The changes affect long-stay tenants in residential parks living in a relocatable home within a...
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
COVID-19 Residential Tenancies Mandatory Concilliation Service (RTMCS) The Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) was introduced by the WA Government to help landlords and renters reach agreement about COVID-19 renting disputes without going to court. The RTMCS ceased...
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Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme The Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) closed at 5pm on 31 December 2021. The RRRGS was introduced in 2020 as an emergency measure to assist tenants and landlords who were struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Residential tenancies - COVID-19 response The extended COVID-19 emergency period ended on 28 March 2021, which means the ordinary tenancy laws under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) now apply.
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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.
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This form is to be used for a residential parks long-stay tenancy. A tenant may issue this notice to a park operator / managing real estate agent to request consent to affix furniture or a thing to a...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
31 Jan 2022
Operators and residents of residential parks and lifestyle villages Changes are on the way! From 31 January 2022, changes to the Residential Parks legislation take place. This will affect your...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
10 Dec 2021
3 December 2021 Accessing a rental property during a tenancy Consumer Protection is aware of some recent cases where landlords and property managers have incorrectly tried to access a tenanted...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jun 2022
3 December 2021 Upcoming changes to residential parks laws On 31 January 2022, changes to residential parks laws will commence. The changes improve the security of long-stay tenancy agreements and...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Dec 2021
24 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy Consumer Protection has recently received a rise in queries about rental increases . A park operator can increase the rent for a long-stay...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
24 November 2021 Increasing the rent during a tenancy and time to replace smoke alarms In this bulletin: Increasing the rent during a tenancy Is it your smoke alarm’s 10-year anniversary? Increasing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
25 Nov 2021
1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this issue: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Oct 2021
1 October 2021 Important changes to abandoned goods processes and mould in rental properties In this bulletin: Important changes to handling goods abandoned at the end of a tenancy Mould in rental...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Oct 2021
16 September 2021 Passing on electricity usage and supply costs to tenants Due to the nature and set-up of residential parks, it is common for park operators to on-supply electricity by on-selling...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
30 Sep 2021
Update on the retirement village legislation reform process Submissions to all Consultation Regulatory Impact Statements (CRIS) are now closed. We would like to thank all stakeholders who provided...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
17 Dec 2021

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Reports of landlords and agents flouting laws with unannounced visits Warning for owners and agents to follow the legal procedures for visits Tenants urged to lodge complaints against offending landlords and agents Consumer Protection is concerned about reports of private landlords and property managers carrying out surprise visits on their tenants, calling on them to comply with their legal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2021
Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine Boundary fence removed without neighbour’s awareness or consent Builders are reminded of their responsibilities A Landsdale registered builder has been fined $1,000 for removing a rear boundary fence at a Balga site without notifying or obtaining consent from the neighbour, who was left without a back fence for several weeks. The Building Services Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Oct 2021
Tenancy toolkit uses imagery to assist visual storytelling of complex legal issues The aim is to improve the understanding of tenancy laws and processes Aboriginal and culturally linguistically diverse communities to be targeted A major effort to improve the understanding of renting rights in vulnerable communities has been launched with the release of a specially-designed educational toolkit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2021
10-month-old made contact with live parts of a damaged power supply Parents urged to regularly check condition and location of electrical items RCDs do not protect against all electrical faults WA’s Director of Energy Safety is reminding parents to check the condition and location of electrical equipment at their homes after a baby was lucky to escape with only finger burns when he touched live...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Sep 2021
Agency took up to five weeks to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator Law allows lodgement within two weeks but no longer Property managers reminded to process bonds as soon as practicable Failure to lodge three tenancy bonds on time has resulted in an East Perth real estate agency being reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Tiapan Pty Ltd , trading as L.J. Hooker...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2021
Tenants and landlords don’t always see eye-to-eye over what constitutes “fair wear and tear” at the end of a tenancy, which may then lead to a disagreement over how the security bond is to be disbursed. Bond disputes have been one of the major issues Consumer Protection has been handling since the rent moratorium ended in March this year, with new figures revealing we have conciliated 206...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2021
Building and Energy campaign targets carbon monoxide hazards in the home Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms A new campaign is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. The campaign, by the State’s gas...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jul 2021
As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to cast a shadow over our lives, there may be some Western Australians who are still struggling to stay afloat financially due to job losses or having their work hours reduced. Renters who are unemployed, or who have lost more than half their income, should know that the State Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant scheme will now remain open...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Jul 2021
There’s no place like home, so when unexpected damage occurs to a rental property it’s important for tenants to be across their rights and know that they can come to us when issues aren’t fixed in a reasonable time. Regardless of whether damage to a rental property occurs due to wild weather or a structural issue, the landlord is legally responsible for necessary repairs and maintenance to bring...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jul 2021

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