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The Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) defines the rights and responsibilities of lessors. Failing to meet certain responsibilities can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice (also referred to as a modified penalty) or prosecuting offending lessors before a Court. Only a...
Having problems with renting a home?
In the event of a disaster such as a storm, flood, bushfire or earthquake both the tenant and landlord have rights and responsibilities. Two fact sheets have been created to help with answer common questions: Information for tenants Information for landlords The fact sheets include advice on what...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
Clandestine drug laboratory sites, commonly known as clan labs, are places where illegal drugs are manufactured. Criminal producers often use rental properties, although they also use commercial properties, remote rural properties and hotel and motel accommodation. Clan labs pose a number of risks...
Having problems with renting a home?
In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations were amended on 1 July 2013. An FAQ was developed to help you in understanding how the updated laws apply to your tenancy. How the laws apply to an individual tenancy depends on when the tenancy agreement started. The updated laws do not affect fixed...
Renting tools
BondsOnline is for licensed real estate agents and the tenancies they manage. It is also available for private landlord organisations managing significant property portfolios (not individual private landlords / lessors). All licensed real estate agents undertaking property management services are...
Bonds
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
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
If you have private power lines or a private power pole on your property, it is your responsibility to inspect and maintain them.
Electrical installations

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Property settlement fact sheet
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Apr 2018
residential tenancy laws - rent increases FAQ
Consumer Protection
Information
18 Apr 2018
Department of Housing tenants
Consumer Protection
Information
18 Apr 2018
Minimum levels of security - residential tenancy laws
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
18 Apr 2018
The iRentWA flyer is a customisable flyer that real estate and rental agents can use to promote their business and Consumer Protection's smartphone app iRentWA to their clients. How to use the flyer...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
21 Mar 2018
08 March 2018 30 month ban for real estate sales rep over unfair and dishonest conduct (Olivia Murray) A real estate sales representative who purported to work for a Wanneroo real estate agency after...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Mar 2018
The BondsOnline eTransactions system will be temporarily unavailable to allow for system maintenance and enhancement.
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Feb 2018
Landlords can get information about their rights and responsibilities from Consumer Protection. Common questions are answered below and contact details are on this factsheet. Common questions My...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 Feb 2018
Information for tenants Consumer Protection can help with renting questions – contact details are provided on this factsheet. Common questions The house has been destroyed. What happens to my lease?...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
08 Feb 2018
Consumer Protection can help you with a wide range of issues you may face because of a crisis. You will find contact details for Consumer Protection at the bottom of this factsheet. Insurance,...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
08 Feb 2018

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An East Victoria Park real estate agency has been fined $8,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for the late lodgement of tenancy bonds to the Bond Administrator. Verse (Aust) Pty Ltd , trading as Verse Property Group , was also ordered to pay $505 in costs after pleading guilty on 2 March 2018 to charges of breaching the Residential Tenancies Act by failing to lodge eight bonds amounting to $12,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Mar 2018
As the weather warms up many of us start thinking about taking a refreshing dip in our backyard pools but we all need to be aware of potential hazards and relevant laws to keep children safe around the water all year round. The recently released 2017 Western Australian Ombudsman’s report, titled “Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning”, showed that private...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2018
Extensive tenancy reforms designed to support, not penalise, victims Removing barriers to support people to leave abusive relationships The McGowan Government will introduce proposed changes to tenancy laws aimed at supporting tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. State Cabinet has approved amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Residential...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Dec 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal after a Balga house was sold without the consent of one of the owners. The owners were a couple who had moved overseas and the agency was duped by the husband into believing that his wife and children were killed by the Taliban in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2017
An urgent alert to the WA real estate and settlement industries, as well as to buyers and sellers of properties, has been issued by Consumer Protection after three recent cyber-attacks have resulted in almost $590,000 being stolen in property-related scams. In the worst case, an 83 year old property buyer in Perth’s western suburbs has lost $557,000 after the fraudsters intercepted email...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2017
Renters, landlords and real estate agents in Western Australian have all emerged as winners as a result of the new electronic transaction process for lodging and returning tenancy bonds. Bonds Online was introduced by Consumer Protection in August 2015 where bonds could be electronically lodged with the Bonds Administrator. The system was further developed to provide for eTransactions – aimed at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
A fire which damaged a rental property in Orelia has sparked concern about the dangers posed by cannabis grow-houses when the power to the home is by-passed. The discovery of more grow-houses in Perth has prompted a renewed warning from Consumer Protection for Perth landlords to be extra vigilant when selecting tenants for their homes, with Western Power also concerned about power safety. About 1...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2017
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

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