Property industry

Topics

When you are looking at properties, you will often come into contact with real estate agents or sales representatives. The most important thing to understand about real estate agents or sales representatives when buying a property is that they have been hired by the seller. The aim of the agent is...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
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' notice in writing. Should the premises be destroyed, compulsorily acquired by law, or become uninhabitable (this applies to both periodic...
When a tenancy ends
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 keeping to the terms of the agreement. The proper way to end the agreement will depend on why the tenancy is ending and whether it’s a...
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 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
Although proceedings in the Magistrates Court are relatively informal, certain rules must be observed: Call the magistrate 'Sir' or 'Madam'. Stand up when it is your turn to speak or when you are spoken to by the magistrate and sit down when you or the magistrate have finished. Only one person is...
Having problems with renting a home?
Western Australia's residential tenancy laws changed in 2013. Three information videos are available to help you understand the laws. Part one: Getting started Part two: Moving in Part three: Ending a tenancy Getting started Getting started covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy...
Renting tools

Pages

Publications

18 September 2015 A Mandurah real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been fined for failing to disclose important information about a property prior to its sale. LBC Holdings Pty...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017
8 September 2015 The Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection) would like to highlight a Secret Harbour real estate agent’s vigilance in identifying an overseas...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Sep 2015
17 August 2015 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 Sep 2015
31 August 2015 Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 (the RT Regulations) have been gazetted in the Government Gazette of 21 August 2015 . The changes come into effect on various...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Sep 2015
Agents should advise the Commissioner for Consumer Protection as soon as practicable, or within five working days, when a trust account is: opened , or closed or amended . Examples of trust account...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
14 Oct 2015
7 August 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to advise settlement agents of an increase in the information contained within the Property Interest Report (PIR) issued by...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Aug 2015
7 August 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) would like to advise agents of additional information contained within the Property Interest Report (PIR) issued by Landgate. The PIR now...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
11 Aug 2015
FAQs – licensed agents Why an electronic submission system? Electronic transactions or eTransactions gives you the ability to submit tenancy bond lodgements, variations (tenant and lessor changes)...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2017
15 June 2015 As cooler and wetter weather approaches, property managers should consider reminding their lessors to undertake pre-emptive seasonal maintenance. Preventative measures can decrease the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 Jun 2015
10 June 2015 The Department of Commerce (the Department) calls on agents to be vigilant in keeping a close eye on the operation of the agency’s trust account in light of two recent cases. The two...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
08 Sep 2017

Pages

Announcements

A review of the laws regulating the tenancy arrangements of about 29,000 people who live long-term in residential parks in WA is currently underway.
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jun 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has succeeded in overturning a decision to allow the Director of Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Mr Norman Phillip Carey to renew the certificate that allows him to be a real estate agent. A unanimous judgement by the Court of Appeal this morning (9 January 2014) set aside a previous State Administrative Tribunal ruling which meant that Mr Carey...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jan 2014
Consumer Protection has reminded private landlords in WA that they must lodge new security bonds with the Bond Administrator to comply with changes to tenancy laws which came into effect in July this year. There is a transition period for existing bonds, which will need to be transferred to the Bond Administrator by 31 December 2014. The reminder comes after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Sep 2013
Businesses can gain a better understanding of their rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law thanks to a series of new industry guides. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll urges businesses operating in five specific industries covered by the guides, to check them out. “The guides are in relation to electrical and whitegoods; travel and accommodation; personal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2013
A man has been arrested in Nigeria in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia. Ntuen Promise EKENMINI was apprehended by Nigerian authorities yesterday when he attended an international courier office and attempted to collect documents with a forged driver’s licence in the name of the South African home owner. The documents related to a supposed settlement of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2013
The property industry in WA has been warned to be on high alert after recent attempts by overseas criminals to fraudulently sell two WA homes. In separate incidents, real estate agents were approached by fraudsters who successfully changed the contact details of the real owners of the properties, who both lived in South Africa. Copies of documents related to the management of the properties were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2013

Pages

Subscribe to Topics
Subscribe to RSS - Property industry