There is a higher increase in Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal cases throughout the state. While it does sound very intimidating, the process is quite simple – it can just be a higher risk.
Both tenants, agents and landlords can apply to VCAT for many reasons, including but not limited to; possession orders, early termination of leases, excessive damage to property, maintenance not being rectified, compensation payouts etc.
The process works by one party submitting an application and a respondent than appearing before a tribunal to discuss and resolve the matter. The ruling is always made at the hearing by the adjudicator through an order. This means that unless there is a default the ruling- the decision is final.
When the issue reaches VCAT, there is no way of predicting the outcome. This can come at a higher risk, due to the fact this comes into place when someone is seeking financial compensation for damage/maintenance or even to stay or leave a property.
While it can bring positive results, based on the fact that there is high risk with the process we always recommend our clients to expect all possible outcomes and to have strong coverage with their landlord insurance to make sure that they are covered for any scenario.
As always, your managing agent can represent you for this. If you have any more questions in relation to VCAT hearings – please feel free to contact us.