Disputes about fees for the supply of services by a service company
If you are a service company seeking payment for services rendered or if you are a unit owner disputing the supply of services by a service company you can apply to the Owners Corporations List. Make your application under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.
A service company supplies services such as repairs, gardening and routine maintenance of residual land to unit owners.
The service agreement specifies the services and requires unit holders to pay for them.
A dispute about the supply of services becomes a ‘consumer and trader’ dispute within the meaning of the Act.
Cases VCAT can hear
VCAT can hear cases where a service company is seeking payment for services provided to unit holders or cases where unit holders dispute the supply of services by a service company.
You may be able to make an application to VCAT about the provision of services by a service company under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.
Cases VCAT cannot hear
VCAT cannot hear disputes about fees charged for the management of finances or the payment of fees for services provided to unit holders by a service company.
You may be able to make an application to VCAT in the Civil Claims List about the provision of services by a service company under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.
Time limits apply. Check specific time limits.
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