Neighbourhood disputes affecting service companies, company title corporations or unit owners
VCAT decides neighbourhood disputes about service companies or company title corporations. We hear these disputes under the Company Titles (Home Units) Act 2013.
A neighbourhood dispute may be about the use of residual land , 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.
A service company is a company that owns the land known as residual land. Residual land is land for the common use of all the units in a development. Each individual unit owner holds shares in the service company and has entitlements and obligations under that share arrangement.
Company title corporation
A company title corporation is 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. In this type of scheme, the ownership of shares gives the shareholder the right to exclusive occupation of their particular unit.
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.
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:
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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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 company title corporation , 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, shareholders or former shareholders, occupiers or former occupiers of units and their neighbours.
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 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.