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The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any goods they have left behind. The below information will assist if you cannot contact the tenant or they provide no instruction for the abandoned goods. Important changes to applying for...
When a tenancy ends
Keeping safe in your rental property Quick close this page To close this window immediately, click on the orange exit button (right on a desktop computer or bottom for a mobile device) or press Ctrl +W if you are using a keyboard. For information about how to browse incognito, erase your history,...
Having problems with renting a home?
The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) defines the rights and responsibilities of tenants. Failing to meet certain responsibilities can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice (also referred to as a modified penalty) or prosecuting offending tenants before a Court. Only a...
Having problems with renting a home?
In the event of a disaster such as a storm, flood, bushfire or earthquake both the tenant and landlord have rights and responsibilities. Two fact sheets have been created to help with answer common questions: Information for tenants Information for landlords The fact sheets include advice on what...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
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...
Having problems with renting a home?
Gary Newcombe May 2021 - Current Gary Newcombe became Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Executive Director for Consumer Protection on Monday 24th May 2021. Gary has 40 years' experience in the Commonwealth and State public sectors and the Western Australian Parliament, primarily in the areas...
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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
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

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23 December 2020 Rent in advance guidelines Some renters have contacted us recently with concerns about receiving requests to pay more than two weeks rent in advance. So it’s a good time to provide...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
24 Dec 2020
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
17 December 2020 COVID-19 relief grant will help pay rent debt On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme . The phase three expansion...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Dec 2020
18 December 2020 In this issue: COVID-19 rent laws – how they affect you $600 to pay your power bill – apply for a household electricity credit Consumer Protection December to January office closures...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Dec 2020
18 December 2020 Property management versus people management In this issue: Property management versus people management $600 to pay your power bill – apply for a household electricity credit...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Dec 2020
2 November 2020 Changes to residential parks laws - greater clarity for all residents In this issue: The change to the definition of residential park Take our quick online survey Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Nov 2020
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
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

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Announcements

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
Fourth phase of rent grant scheme to soften the blow of expected rent increases Grants give tenants and landlords an incentive to continue current tenancies Strategy aims to reduce evictions and large rent increases after March 28, 2021 More financial assistance is being offered by the McGowan Government to tenants and landlords with the aim of securing current tenancies when the moratorium on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2021
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection
Penny Lipscombe, Consumer Protection, by CP Media
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe The clock is ticking on WA’s renting moratorium, which will see the ban on rent increases and some evictions being lifted when the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency laws expire on 28 March 2021. Consumer Protection is encouraging landlords and tenants to start a conversation now about what...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jan 2021
Renters who have been doing it tough due to COVID-19 may have been worried about what happens when the moratorium on evictions and rent increases comes to an end on 28 March 2021. In some good news for those tenants and their landlords, the State Government has agreed to pay up to $4,000 off their rental debt under an expanded Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme that is also aimed at keeping...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jan 2020
WA tenants and landlords who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have one last chance to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to go towards paying their rent this Christmas. Phase two of the WA Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) means that tenants who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 and are suffering financial hardship can apply to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2020
COVID-19 rent grant updates See the latest announcement on the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for current eligibility and application details. Grant funding to be re-purposed to pay 75 per cent of rent arrears to landlords Assistance to prevent evictions at the end of the COVID-19 emergency period To qualify, landlords must offer existing tenants a minimum six month agreement The McGowan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2020
A property manager employed by a Mandurah real estate agency has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $400 costs by the Mandurah Magistrates Court for taking money from the agency’s trust account for her own purposes. Kylie Jo-Anne Thomas was convicted on 8 December 2020 of making unauthorised withdrawals from the trust account in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. In August and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2020
COVID-19 rent grant updates See the latest announcement on the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme for current eligibility and application details. Even though Western Australians are getting back on their feet post the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are some who are still struggling to make ends meet due to losing their jobs or suffering reduced hours at work. If you’re a tenant whose...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
A Mount Lawley real estate agency, its supervising director and two staff members have been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the failure to lodge three tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator as well as related irregularities found in the agency’s accounts. Beaufort Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Michael Johnson & Co and Professionals Michael Johnson & Co at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
The owner of a Wellard property has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $740 in costs for failing to lodge his tenants’ bond. At Rockingham Magistrates Court on 26 October 2020, Anthony Gerlando Scafidi pleaded guilty to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 following a prosecution by Consumer Protection. The law requires a security bond to be lodged with the Bond Administrator as soon as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Nov 2020

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