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Consumer Protection are seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Land Valuers Code of Conduct 2016. Status: CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Land Valuers Code of Conduct 2011 , (the 2011 Code) and implements feedback previously received from...
Consultations and reports
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
All licensees must provide written notification, within one month, when there is a change to the: directors of a body corporate; partners of a firm, including directors if a partner is a body corporate; or person in bona fide control. N ewly appointed directors must provide the following: Two...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
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
CPD modules from the past three years are available online to help you meet your requirements under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978. There is a new topic each year. These topics are selected to assist licensees and registrants to update their knowledge of industry developments,...
Real estate agents and sales representatives
Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
Land valuers set their own fees however a written disclosure of all fees for service must be disclosed to the client prior to entering into any agreement. Land valuers must not receive a fee above the disclosed amount unless there is a significant change in the scope of the work. As with any other...
Land valuers
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
Consumer protection regularly produces and updates publications about property industry laws and licensing. The below links will provide you with land valuer specific information. Newsletters Land valuers newsletters Bulletins Land valuers bulletins Publications Land valuation in WA compliance...
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21 March 2017 Real Estate misconduct: Reprimands and fines Your attention is drawn to a number of recent prosecution actions taken against real estate agencies, agents and sales representatives. The...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
22 March 2017 Register now - Information sessions for the electronic lodgement of land transfer documents Landgate invites all members of the conveyancing industry to attend a face-to-face or webinar...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
22 Mar 2017
2 March 2017 All agents who hold a current triennial certificate and have held or received monies in trust during the 2016 calendar year, or part thereof, are required to have their trust accounts...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
15 Mar 2017
24 Feburary Settlement agents have recently notified the Department about being approached by a Victorian company regarding possible business arrangements that has raised concern. The Victorian...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
Elective activities must be approved by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection. Trainers are invited to submit professional development activities, which meet the aims and purpose of the CPD...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
21 Feb 2017
15 February 2016 A review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act) has been commenced by the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection). The purpose of this...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
16 Feb 2017
The Settlement Agents Act 1981 (the Act) requires the strict maintenance of a formal set of trust account records that show at any time the state of a settlement agent’s trust account. This...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
15 Feb 2017
Charts showing the process for serving notices to tenants for a breach.
Consumer Protection
Information
10 Feb 2017
8 February 2017 Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all licensed settlement agents. Failure to complete your CPD requirements could result in your triennial...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Feb 2017
6 February 2017 Figures received from the Bond Administrator show there were 683 late bond lodgements in January 2017, an increase of 35% on December’s figures. Consumer Protection is concerned by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
07 Feb 2017

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Consumer Protection is seeking public comment as part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Currently under the Auction Sales Act, auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks used to determine if applicants are fit and proper people. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the review will look...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2016
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
Kalbarri man Peter John Barry Ikin , trading as Cape York Connections , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unregistered painting work at eight Mid West properties between December 2013 and June 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
14 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 Gosnells real estate agency described by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as ‘incompetent’ has been ordered to pay a $25,000 penalty for mishandling the deposit from the sale of a property. AIM Investments Australia Pty Ltd , trading as AIM Realty , was fined $8,000 and licensee and agent Aman Deep Singh was also fined $8,000 for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Both...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 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
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building Commission
Department News
01 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
A former York real estate agent and his son have been found to have engaged in misleading conduct after a ‘deceitful’ land deal which resulted in a $6 million profit for family members. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has upheld allegations by Consumer Protection against former licensees The King and I Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Colin King Real Estate , and its director Colin Maxwell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016

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