Neighbourhood disputes affecting service companies, company title corporations or unit owners

VCAT decides neighbourhood disputes about service companies Service companies are companies that own the land known as residual land. or company title corporations Also known as share ownership schemes. It is an arrangement where owners do not own individual units but instead own shares in a company that owns the whole development. The shareholder has the right to exclusive occupation of their particular unit. . We hear these disputes under the Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013.

A neighbourhood dispute may be about the use of residual land Residual land is land for the common use of all the units in a development. , parking on residual land, repair and maintenance of residual land, the external appearance of units, the conduct of shareholders and/or occupiers of units and their guests, noise and other nuisance.

Time limits

You must apply within six years of the date on which the dispute arose. 

Before you apply

If the dispute is a neighbourhood dispute as defined by the Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013, try to follow any dispute resolution process contained in the company’s constitution before you apply to VCAT.

When applying, specify that you are making the application under the Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013.

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

You do not need to have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT. If you wish to be represented by a lawyer or a professional advocate, usually you must ask for VCAT's permission.If you are represented by a lawyer, we will only communicate with them

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Need help with your application?

VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. The following services may be able to help you:

Access and privacy

VCAT hearings and files are usually public

VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality. For more about applying for confidentiality.

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can hear a case under the Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013 if you are a service company A service company is a company that owns the land known as residual land. , a company title corporation Also known as a share ownership scheme. It is an arrangement where owners do not own individual units but instead own shares in a company that owns the whole development. The shareholder has the right to exclusive occupation of their particular unit. , a shareholder or former shareholder, an occupier or former occupier of a unit, or a mortgagee of a unit, and you want to resolve a neighbourhood dispute.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

VCAT cannot hear fencing disputes between company title corporations Also known as share ownership schemes. It is an arrangement where owners do not own individual units but instead own shares in a company that owns the whole development. The shareholder has the right to exclusive occupation of their particular unit. , shareholders or former shareholders, occupiers or former occupiers of units and their neighbours.

Professional representation 

You do not need to have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT. In most cases, VCAT must first approve having someone else represent you, unless all other parties agree. If you are represented by a lawyer, we will only communicate with them.

For more information, see professional representation at VCAT.

Remember your reference number 

VCAT gives you a reference number for your case. Use this number whenever you contact us or the other people involved in the case.

Access and privacy

VCAT hearings and files are usually public. We have limited authority to restrict access to information except in certain circumstances. Learn more about applying for confidentiality.

If you need assistance at VCAT (including interpreters, hearing The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. loop, video or telephone links, or family violence support) please contact us as early as possible so we can assist you. Learn more about customer support at VCAT.

Legislation that applies to this type of case

Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013