Information Update - May 2012
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Consumer Protection’s Real Estate eBulletin Issue 9, sent 16 March 2012, outlined a persistent problem experienced by the Bond Administrator when agents incorrectly increase the amount of a rental property’s security bond. If an agent increases a security bond before they are permitted to do so, the Bond Administrator is required to return the submitted bond increase to the agency which then have to return it to the tenant.
As you can appreciate, amending incorrect bond increases is a time-consuming process for the Bond Administrator and the agency. Such errors not only create extra work for the Bond Administrator, but also delay the processing of other bonds. The errors may also hamper an agency’s ability to service its clients efficiently and cause legal issues for those maintaining a tenancy bond trust account.
It is important to note that incorrectly increasing a bond breaches the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act). Agencies which submit incorrect bond increases may be referred to Consumer Protection’s compliance area and as such, agents may risk disciplinary action under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978.
Agents need to be aware that a bond can only be increased if there has been an increase in rent, and:
the bond has not been increased in the previous 12 months; and
the tenant has been given 60 days notice of the increase to the bond.
Amendments to the Act, which will be implemented in late 2012, will reduce the 12 month period to six months. However, until these changes apply, agents must comply with the existing legislation.
This e-Bulletin contains general information that was current at the time of publication. If you have specific enquiries arising from any
material in this publication, you should refer to the relevant legislation or seek independent professional advice. The producers of this
publication expressly disclaim any liability arising out of a reader’s reliance on information in this publication. This publication was issued by
the Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Commerce The Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000 Locked
Bag 14, Cloisters Square, WA 6850
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