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Consumer Protection provides a variety of online resources: Online complaint form – to submit a complaint about a trader. Please attempt to follow our advice on resolving disputes via the consumer complaint checklist before formally making a complaint. WA ScamNet – profiles the most prevalent scams...
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Consumer Protection provides advice and information for Western Australian consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants. Read our publication Your guide to Consumer Protection for further information. The information on this website can help you with answer a question about: housing and...
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Search for a licensed car repairer, real estate agent, settlement agent, land valuer, car dealer, employment agent or debt collector. You can also see if your favourite electrician (issued by Energy Safety ), gasfitter (issued by Energy Safety ) or plumber (issued by Plumbers Licensing Board ) is...
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Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office , you can lodge payments for: tenancy bonds; licence and registration applications; and associations,...
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Some laws set out considerations for regional areas, in particular areas above or below the 26th parallel, for example retail trading hours and residential tenancies. This map shows the location of the 26th parallel in Western Australia which is located at Shark Bay on the coast. Map indicating the...
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If the tenant/s receive proper notice to end an agreement but refuse to leave, the lessor can seek a court order to end the agreement and take possession of the premises. The order can be enforced with a warrant authorising a bailiff to evict them. If the Magistrates Court makes an order that the...
When a tenancy ends
Property investment promoters, or spruikers, invite people to their ‘wealth creation’ seminars, often for free, with the promise of investment tips or opportunities. They typically promote a property investment system or market a specific property development. The seminars are often promoted...
Buying a property
The lessor can ask a prospective tenant to complete an application form to help them assess the suitability of a tenant. A lessor can also look in a tenancy database . If they do they must let the prospective tenant know, in writing, which database they use and if they find any information. A...
Beginning a tenancy
During the 1970s and early 80s, joints in electrical cables in ceiling spaces of dwellings and buildings were often only wrapped in insulating tape. The insulating tape dries out over time and may have fallen away, presenting an electric shock risk to persons who enter the ceiling space. Where a...
Electrical installations
A security bond is a payment made in advance by a tenant to cover any costs for which the tenant may be liable at the end of the tenancy, such as damage to the property or chattels, outstanding water usage charges or unpaid rent. When a tenant pays the bond, the lessor must give a receipt on the...
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21 December 2017 Property manager fined after falling victim to a holiday accommodation scam (Vicki Redfern) A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Dec 2017
28 November 2017 A Wandi property manager has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and a current triennial certificate. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau was also...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to consider if the pools and spas in rental properties conform to safety requirements. Pools and spas must be appropriately fenced according to the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
30 October 2017 A recent coronial inquest was held into the death of a 22 month old boy, who tragically died at the family’s Yokine home in October 2013. Forensic pathologists found that the boy had...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
10 October 2017 What would you do if a tenant leaves goods at your rental property after their tenancy had ended? If you want to avoid potential legal issues and claims for compensation, read on. An...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
22 September 2017 Your tenant is late paying the rent, so what action can you take? You have received a complaint about your tenant’s antisocial behaviour, or suspect that there are extra people...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Feb 2018
14 September 2017 Your tenant notifies you the hot water system at your rental property is broken or the sprinkler head is broken, what would you do? If you want to avoid an all-too-common...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
14 Sep 2017

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A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017
A property manager who stole tenants’ money has been banned for nine months, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Brendan Geoffrey Dabinett of Morley was also ordered by the SAT to pay costs of $1,200. He admitted to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act, the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives by:...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2017
South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection is urging private landlords to be aware of this recent criminal activity which is costing property owners tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. A total of 21 homes over the past seven months have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The Department of Commerce Bond Administrator figures showed 10 per cent of all residential rental bond lodgements were made late in January this year. A bond is money paid by the tenant and held in trust for the duration of a tenancy. The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) requires that bonds must be lodged by the landlord or...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Mar 2017
Consumer Protection is planning to take tougher action against real estate agents and private landlords with an increasing number of tenancy bonds being lodged late.
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2016
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
A Morley real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of trust accounts. Realocate Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Realty Executives , was fined $5,000 and licensee Keith Howes was fined $1,500 after admitting to the breaches. Both were ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in costs. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 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
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

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