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Bond money must be lodged with the Bond Administrator, as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after receipt of the money. How you lodge a bond is detailed below and depends on whether you are a private lessor or an agent/property manager. If more than one person has paid the bond (eg in a...
Bonds
If the rent is overdue A landlord can have the tenancy terminated if the tenants present a bad cheque or fall behind with their rent and can’t make up the payment within an agreed time. It’s important to remember there are procedures which must be followed. Remember, landlords can’t just evict or...
Having problems with renting a home?
If you are serving a notice or issuing documentation (eg property condition reports), you will find certain periods of notice are required for certain actions. It is important you allow the correct number of days for the delivery of a notice because a court may determine the notice is ineffective...
Notices and condition reports
Proper procedures must be observed when serving a notice. If the matter ends up in court, the person who prepared the notice would have to prove the notice was served correctly. Three handy charts were developed to help you understand the use and service on notices, particularly for the breach and...
Notices and condition reports
If you’re unhappy with the way the tenancy is going, for example the care or maintenance of the property or rent payments and inspections, try to sort out the issue amicably first. If you still can’t agree, the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 can help to sort things out in a more formal and...
Having problems with renting a home?
If you are renting a home (as a tenant), or renting out an investment property (as a lessor/landlord), you have a variety of rules, rights and responsibilities. The following links will give you the information to help you understand renting laws and avoid common renting pitfalls. make sure you are...
Types of rental accommodation
Property condition reports are an important element of any residential tenancy, as they outline the current condition of the property at the start and end of a tenancy. A property condition report can also assist in resolving disputes about damage. The mandatory Form 1 Property Condition Report...
Notices and condition reports
Residential rental (or lease) agreements are either periodic or fixed-term. All written tenancy agreements must be done using the Residential tenancy agreement (Form 1AA) . Whether the agreement is written or verbal, a tenant must also be given the ' Information for tenant ' sheet. If the agreement...
Beginning a tenancy
Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions. Distinguishing between tenants, boarders and lodgers It is not always easy to...
Types of rental accommodation
Whether you are a lessor / landlord or tenant - you should make sure you do your homework before signing a rental agreement. Tenants Make sure the property meets your day-to-day needs. Ask yourself: Can you pay the rent and still have money to live? Is it close to shops, schools or public transport...
Beginning a tenancy

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Swahili Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
08 Jan 2015
This page contains forms and notices for use by residential parks managers and tenants. Are you a tenant in a family and domestic violence situation and need some assistance? Find out more about your...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
15 Apr 2019
This page contains links to information which may be valuable for tenants of residential parks.
Consumer Protection
Information
22 Jan 2021
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
15 Jan 2020
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier to inform them that unenclosed joints were found and remedial work is to be carried out.
Building and Energy
Advisory note
14 May 2020
This is what an electrical safety certificate looks like. You should receive one from your electrical contractor within 28 days of the electrical work (other than repairs) being done.
Information
02 May 2014
Below is a sample complaint letter regarding a residential tenancy issue. Remember in some cases you will need to use a formal notice and follow the proper process for issuing a notice . Your name...
Consumer Protection
Template
21 Feb 2018
Publication last updated 7 April 2021 If you have a dispute and have not been able to resolve it directly or through conciliation, then going to the Magistrates Court may be the next step. Going to...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 May 2021
Retirement Villages Amendment Bill 2012 (Bill 1)
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 May 2014
Form 3 Notice as to Disposal of Goods Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
29 Jun 2017

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Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, although boarding premises accommodating six or more people need to be registered with local government and comply with planning, health and other regulations. Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Sep 2016
A Joondanna landlord, who also manages his family’s properties, has been fined a total of $5,500 and ordered to pay $9,000 in costs after making an illegal entry into a tenancy database and failing to properly process bond payments received from tenants. Tomas Mijatovic , trading as TRM Property Services , was found guilty by the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 September 2016 of two charges relating...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016
A registered real estate sales representative has been fined a total of $8,000 and given a criminal conviction by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for managing a property without an agent’s licence as well as for breaching tenancy laws. Ebony Te Whakaaronga Cheetham of Clarkson was convicted in her absence on 22 April 2016 and also ordered to pay costs of $700. In December 2013 Ms Cheetham offered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2016
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account used in the management of a property in Forrestdale. Atul Kapoor , trading as Harcourts Elite Real Estate of Canning Vale, had also received management fees without having a valid appointment to act as a property manager. The SAT ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Court case highlights landlord obligations A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords in WA, as well as real estate agents and property managers, to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws and to comply with them. In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7,200 by the Perth Magistrates Court after she...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Apr 2016
A former real estate agency director has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $908 after being convicted of trust account offences at the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 March 2016. Australian Property Exchange Pty Ltd , known as APFX (deregistered), was licensed under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and managed residential and commercial properties of consumers in Western...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2016
A woman who repeatedly broke WA tenancy laws when renting out a Bentley property has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay court costs of $396. 56-year-old Bozena Sakowski pleaded guilty to 24 contraventions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 during a hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 15 March 2016. Eight convictions, with fines of $500 per charge, related to failure to lodge a security...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2016
A report detailing proposed changes to tenancy laws affecting people living in residential parks in Western Australia has been released to allow interested parties to submit comments before the Government makes a final decision. The comprehensive report contains recommendations for changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 following an extensive consultation process which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2015
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and is banned from holding a licence for five years after providing false information in his original application. Gary James Douglas of Tuart Hill was granted a real estate agent’s licence and triennial certificate on 16 January 2015 but action to have the licence cancelled was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2015

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