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Once you have decided to rent out a property, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to do all the property management yourself or employ a real estate agent to do it for you. It needn't be all or nothing. You may employ an agent just to find your tenants and handle the bond...
Property management
Tenancy concerns related to COVID-19 coronavirus? Visit the Residential Tenancies - COVID-19 response page for the latest information. Tenant wants to end a tenancy You can end a periodic tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason, but tenants must give the lessor a minimum 21 days'...
When a tenancy ends
Property managers who offer their services for a fee must be registered real estate sales representatives working for a licensed real estate agent who is in charge of the agency. If you choose to use a property manager, carefully consider the person’s experience in property management. Ask about:...
Property management
Tenancy concerns related to COVID-19 coronavirus? Visit the Residential Tenancies - COVID-19 response page for the latest information. There are various reasons for ending a tenancy. These can range from something as simple as wanting to move on, to the tenant/s or the lessor/property manager not...
When a tenancy ends
Tenants cannot be asked to pay any additional money other than rent and security bond during a tenancy agreement. The lessor cannot ask tenant/s to pay any administration fees, re-inspection fees or charges for sending tenant/s utility invoices or breach notices. The lessor can request compensation...
Rent and other payments
The tenancy may end if the rent falls behind. If the tenant/s have a problem making the payments, they should explain their financial situation to the lessor and make alternative arrangements to pay the arrears in full. If the tenant/s are behind in rent payments, the lessor is entitled to follow...
Rent and other payments
The lessor is responsible for the property having a minimum level of security in place. The minimum security relates to door locks, window locks and exterior lights. The security required is specified in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989. All rental properties must be in line with the...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
We all have the right to enjoy our home. Quiet enjoyment is the right for both you and your neighbour/s to occupy, use and enjoy your homes in reasonable privacy without interruption. Overall, your lessor (landlord) or property manager shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your property in complete...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
The tenant should notify the landlord in writing about any non urgent repairs, detailing what needs to be repaired. The landlord does not have to fix items if they are items that were disclosed as not working before the tenancy agreement was entered into, or they are items which the tenant could...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Urgent repairs fall into two categories: essential services and other urgent repairs. A suitable repairer must be found within a reasonable timeframe. There are some times when a tenant may need to arrange for the repairer. Essential services Essential services are listed in the Residential...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights

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There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
15 May 2019
Information about the use of these forms are available from the following pages: Storing abandoned goods from a rental property Disposal of abandoned goods at a rental property Please be aware a...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
05 Dec 2019
5 November 2015 A lessor has been fined $24,000 after the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection) prosecuted him for breaches of the Residential Tenancies Act...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Nov 2015
What is eTransactions? eTransactions, or electronic transactions, allows real estate agents to lodge, vary and dispose of tenancy bonds online without paper forms. eTransactions is available to...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
06 Oct 2017
23 January 2015 Amendments have been gazetted in the Government Gazette of 20 January 2015 to amend the Form 1AC Information for Tenants and Form 1AD Information for Tenant with Non-written Tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
What types of internal window coverings are a safety hazard for children?
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Aug 2016
Mandarin Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014
Burmese Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014
Dinka Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014
Farsi Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014

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Announcements

With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Tenancy laws in WA are under review in a bid to support victims of family violence who live in rental homes. It’s your chance to have a say because community feedback is now invited. An options paper has been released outlining proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act that are designed to complement the Restraining...
Consumer Protection
Department News
10 Nov 2016
Western Australia's tenancy laws are under review to better protect and support victims of family violence in rental properties. Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an options paper had been released which proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to complement the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, which was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Do you know of an individual or organisation doing great work to help consumers or tenants, or promote product safety in WA? You can now recognise their efforts by nominating for the Consumer Protection Awards 2017. The awards are open to individuals, non-profit groups, businesses, and local government organisations, plus there's a...
Consumer Protection
Department News
20 Oct 2016
WA tenants have lost money after being duped into paying for end of tenancy bond cleaning on their rental properties, but the cleaners didn’t turn up. Consumer Protection is warning tenants not to use the services of Express Professional Services Pty Ltd , trading as Simple Cleans , an online business operated by Cassandra Nicole Cooney , who is based in Alstonville (near Ballina) in northern New...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2016
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

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