Rent-to-buy restrictions

The injunctions prevent Patricia Mirawati Susilo and Bryan Artawijaya Susilo, of Applecross, from engaging in alleged misleading and deceptive conduct.

They must publish statements on their website clarifying the nature of their business, and clearly outline the purchasing and rental arrangements for the properties they are advertising for sale under the scheme.

Among other requirement the siblings must meet, they have to make the terms of their contracts clearer to consumers in relation to the ownership of the property, and the purchasing arrangements between the owner and prospective buyer/tenant.

The injunctions apply until a trial takes place. Consumer Protection also alleges the pair are operating as real estate agents without a licence.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Anne Driscoll, said the injunctions will give greater clarity to those who might be considering this particular scheme.

‘We recommend that, if buyers or sellers of WA properties decide to deal with an intermediary, they only deal with licensed real estate agents,’ she said.

‘This gives much greater protection as there are laws that are designed to uphold consumer rights and safeguard their financial interests.’

Call Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or email consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au.