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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
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 feedback during the consultation period of the retirement village reform process. Recommendations for...
Consultations
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
Reporting accidents
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Safe tenancy
Quick close this page To close this window immediately, press Ctrl +W on a keyboard or use the close tab option on a mobile device. For information about how to browse incognito and/or erase your history, see www.esafety.gov.au Tenancy reforms for renters affected by family and domestic violence...
Safe tenancy
Under the Australian Consumer Law, a business that provides a house sitting, pet sitting, baby sitting or cleaning service must meet service guarantees. How to protect yourself To reduce the chance of problems, consider doing the following: Contact several agencies before making a decision to get...
Services
LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas Guidelines on the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bush fire prone areas. LP Gas cylinder safety in bush fire prone areas brochure The guidelines aim to help residents reduce the risks associated with LP Gas cylinders should a fire...
Gas installations
Consumer Protection is advising tenants to be wary of products that are advertised as cheaper alternatives to rental bonds. These products are not legal in Western Australia. How ‘bond replacement’ products compare to bonds Bonds At the start of a lease, tenants may be asked to pay a bond, usually...
Bonds
This overview explains how personal information is collected, used and disclosed by the Bond Administrator and officers authorised under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay tenants) Act 2006 (the Acts). Personal information collected by the Bond Administrator...
Bonds

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5 July 2021 The WA Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for a further six months to help renters who are finding it difficult to meet their rent payments as a result of...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
05 Jul 2021
11 June 2021 Increase in rental scams during 2021 Scammers are targeting tenants, who are desperate to secure a rental property in the current tight market, with fake rental listings showing up on...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Jun 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
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
13 April 2021 How your landlord can correctly end a tenancy Western Australia's temporary changes to renting laws due to COVID-19 ended on Sunday 28 March 2021. From Monday 29 March 2021, the usual...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
13 Apr 2021
1 April 2021 In this issue: Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Terminations and evictions after end of emergency rental laws The COVID-...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Apr 2021
Tenants can use this flowchart to assist with managing notifications and date counting when notifying their landlord of the intention to end a periodic tenancy agreement. Related flowcharts: Lessor...
Consumer Protection
Information
19 Mar 2021
This publication contains contact details for organisations providing the following services: Crisis accommodation and homelessness Entrypoint Perth 1800 124 684 / 6496 0001 www.entrypointperth.com...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 May 2022
11 February 2021 In this issue: Two new phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available New phases of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Feb 2021
11 February 2021 In this issue: New phases of Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme COVID-19: Future renting WA - Negotiating guide now available New phases of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Feb 2021

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Announcements

Rent support or rent arrears grants on offer Scheme which has already supported thousands of tenants extended until December 31, 2021 Previous applicants can apply again The McGowan Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) to continue to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent. Applications for the existing scheme, which has so...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jun 2021
As rents rise across Western Australia, many tenants may discover that in addition to paying more weekly rent, there is a further expense being asked of them. When rent is increased at a property, a landlord or property manager may request the tenant pay extra money to ‘top-up’ their security bond. How much a tenant is asked to pay will depend on how much their weekly rent has increased by. For a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Dogs and cats are like family members to many Western Australians, but it’s not always easy for an animal-loving tenant to find a pet-friendly landlord. Compounding this issue currently is WA’s tight rental market, with animal shelters reporting large numbers of pets being surrendered by renters unable to find a property willing to accommodate them. In WA currently, tenants wanting to keep pets...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2021
Tenants looking for rentals have lost thousands after responding to fake ads Recent victims are mothers who are now homeless and out of pocket People looking for rentals are urged to inspect the property before paying Tenants who are desperate to secure a rental property in the current tight market are being targeted by scammers with many thousands of dollars being lost and Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021
As the curtains close on Western Australia’s COVID-19 emergency period, we begin transitioning back to normal tenancy laws in which there is no longer a moratorium on rent increases and some evictions. While everybody adjusts to the changes, Consumer Protection has been fielding enquiries from landlords and tenants wondering about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to ending a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2021
Landlords and tenants encouraged to act and negotiate in good faith Tenancies must be terminated lawfully Tenants urged to report unlawful evictions Tenants and landlords are encouraged to contact Consumer Protection for advice about rental rights and responsibilities, particularly in relation to termination notices and evictions. After COVID-19 emergency rental laws ended 28 March 2021 and with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2021
Applications are open for grants helping WA tenants and landlords Up to $2,000 paid to landlords for future rent support Grants assist tenants struggling financially Applications are open under the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to help tenants who are struggling financially meet rent payments. Renters who are facing a significant rent increase they are unable to afford can apply. However,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Mar 2021
Western Australia can be a land of extremes – a fact we were reminded of recently when a bushfire devastated communities in Perth’s east and flooding swept the state’s Gascoyne region. The twin events are an unfortunate reminder for tenants and landlords to be aware of their rights and responsibilities should a rental property become damaged or destroyed in a disaster. When a rental home in WA is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2021
We like to think our homes are a safe space for our families, but sometimes the biggest dangers are lurking where you might least expect them. Tragically, free-hanging cords from window coverings like curtains and blinds have been responsible for the deaths and injuries of many Australian children, including a two-year-old girl who died after being strangled by a blind cord at her Queensland home...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2021
As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021

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