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Residential illegal drug activity is cause for concern for tenants, owners, property managers and real estate agents alike due to potential health and safety risks to occupants. Of primary concern are houses — mostly rental properties — that have been used to manufacture, grow or smoke illegal...
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Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
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BondsOnline is for licensed real estate agents and the tenancies they manage. It is also available for private landlord organisations managing significant property portfolios (not individual private landlords / lessors). All licensed real estate agents undertaking property management services are...
Bonds
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
Home safety
The WA Police Major Fraud Squad works closely with Consumer Protection to identify and prevent consumer fraud in Western Australia under the banner Project Sunbird . WA ScamNet website continually updates information about Project Sunbird and provides general advice to help you identify and avoid...
Scams
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Three information videos about renting a home were produced to help you understand the laws in Western Australia . Part one: Getting started - covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy databases, discrimination, tenancy agreements, rents and bonds and property condition reports. Part two...
Non-English speaking consumers
The Consumer Protection Awards The Consumer Protection Awards provides an opportunity to reward and recognise the achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided...
Consumer Protection Awards
The Consumer Protection Division sought the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate retirement villages in Western Australia. Status: Closed Monday, 28 July 2014. All those interested in this area were urged to read the consultation paper and put in a submission by the...
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Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should there be a change to how often rent can be increased? Should rent increases be capped? Possible options Limit rent...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should all landlords be required to register with Consumer Protection? Possible options Introduce a compulsory register of all...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. How can we encourage landlords to offer tenants longer leases? Possible options Educate and encourage landlords to offer longer...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should the Residential Tenancies Act safeguard a tenant's privacy? Possible options Educate landlords on best practice for...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a landlord have to give certain information to a tenant before a tenancy agreement is signed? Possible options Educate...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and reponsibilities fairly? Possible options...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Is there a better way to resolve tenancy disputes than going to court? Possible options Offer mediation as a first option. Allow...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should claims on the bond be made easier for landlords and tenants? Possible options Allow either the landlord or the tenant to...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a landlord be allowed to sell or donate abandoned goods? Possible option Allow a landlord to sell or donate abandoned...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a tenant be allowed to terminate a fixed term tenancy agreement? Possible options Allow a tenant to end a fixed term...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020

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Failing to lodge bonds on time and inaccurate record-keeping has resulted in a Karratha real estate agent being ordered to pay $24,069 in fines and costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. Peard Real Estate Karratha collected bonds from six tenants in the Karratha region between September 2017 and January 2018, but failed to lodge them within 14 days as required by the Residential Tenancies Act. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Have you ever experienced an electric shock or tingling sensation in your home while touching a metal object like a bathroom tap? It could be a warning sign of a dangerous electrical fault that mustn’t be ignored. You should immediately report this to your electrical network operator, usually Western Power or Horizon Power, for further...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2020
Laws that cover renting of homes in Western Australia are being fully reviewed for the first time in more than a decade and Consumer Protection wants to hear from tenants, landlords and professionals who manage rental properties. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said a lot has changed since the last full review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and he is encouraging the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It has been my position for a number of years that a small amount of damage to a wall, which can easily be repaired, is a small price to pay for ensuring the safety of children living in a rental home. Since 2001, on average, one child a year has died in Australia from toppling furniture with many more suffering serious injuries. I’m really...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
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Department News
04 Dec 2019
New laws supporting children’s safety have come into force for tenants who are now allowed to fix furniture to the walls of their rental home and the landlord can only object in limited circumstances. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act aim to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture and electronic equipment such as TVs falling on top of young children. On average since 2001, one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2019
A mum whose 15-month-old drowned in an unfenced backyard pool has joined Consumer Protection and Royal Life Saving Society WA to launch a start-of-summer pool safety campaign. Royal Life Saving WA CEO, Peter Leaversuch, says the latest National Drowning Report has some tragic statistics: “Last year, there were 16 child drowning deaths and over 200 non-fatal drowning incidents recorded in swimming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2019

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