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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
Don't D-I-Y (do it yourself) electrical work Doing your own electrical work or employing an unlicensed person to do it for you, is very dangerous. You and your family risk electrocution or fire. Licensed electrical contractors have been expertly trained and will guarantee the quality of their work...
Electrical installations
Residential park residents (tenants) are covered by a set of specific laws. If you are simply staying at a residential park for a holiday you are not covered by the same laws, however you still have general consumer rights. You are not covered by residential park laws if you are: on holiday; a park...
Site agreements
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...
Bonds
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 the other person. Standard forms and notices When a notice is served, proper procedures must be...
Notices and condition reports
Change of ownership Tenants must be told if the park changes hands. Park managers should provide all tenants with these details including those on the park and absentee owners. Entering the tenant’s site, park home or caravan If the premises is rented, park managers can enter the site, park home or...
During a tenancy
Working together to improve park living A park with 20 or more long-stay sites must have a Park Liaison Committee (PLC) – even those with less can establish one. The PLC plays an advisory (not decision making) role, particularly in areas such as preparing and amending park rules and developing...
During a tenancy
Gas is a safe and efficient source of energy when used properly. Gas appliances and installations incorporate in their designs safety features to protect people and property from malfunctions (usually with appliances). However, without proper installation and use, the potential exists for the...
Gas installations
Consumer Protection currently has two apps available for smartphones and tablets. iShopWA With iShopWA on your iOS or Android device, you’ll always be able to check where you stand when it comes to refunds, warranties and lay-bys in WA.
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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
Malay Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
16 Jul 2014
Swahili Translation - Information regarding new tenancy laws in Western Australia effective from July 1st, 2013
Consumer Protection
Information
08 Jan 2015
This page contains forms and notices for use by residential parks managers and tenants.
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
17 Sep 2014
This page contains links to information which may be valuable for tenants of residential parks.
Consumer Protection
Information
30 May 2014
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
12 Mar 2015
There are three videos available to help landlords and tenants with their renting experience: Getting started Getting started covers applying for a tenancy, option fees, tenancy databases,...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
15 Aug 2014
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier to inform them that unenclosed joints were found and remedial work is to be carried out.
EnergySafety
Advisory note
02 May 2014
This is what an electrical safety certificate looks like. You should receive one from your electrical contractor within 28 days of the electrical work (other than repairs) being done.
EnergySafety
Information
02 May 2014

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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
A former real estate agency director has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $908 after being convicted of trust account offences at the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 March 2016. Australian Property Exchange Pty Ltd , known as APFX (deregistered), was licensed under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and managed residential and commercial properties of consumers in Western...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2016
A woman who repeatedly broke WA tenancy laws when renting out a Bentley property has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay court costs of $396. 56-year-old Bozena Sakowski pleaded guilty to 24 contraventions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 during a hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 15 March 2016. Eight convictions, with fines of $500 per charge, related to failure to lodge a security...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2016
A report detailing proposed changes to tenancy laws affecting people living in residential parks in Western Australia has been released to allow interested parties to submit comments before the Government makes a final decision. The comprehensive report contains recommendations for changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 following an extensive consultation process which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2015
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and is banned from holding a licence for five years after providing false information in his original application. Gary James Douglas of Tuart Hill was granted a real estate agent’s licence and triennial certificate on 16 January 2015 but action to have the licence cancelled was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2015

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