Application by a disability service provider or resident

If you are a disability service provider or a resident of a community residential unit run by a disability service provider, you can apply to VCAT to:

  • hear disputes under sections 70 and 72 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 about residential charges paid by a resident in a community residential unit run by a disability service provider
  • review notices under sections 82, 84 and 85 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and section 76 of the Disability Act 2006 to vacate given to residents of community residential units by service providers
  • hear disputes under section 74(1) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 about notices of temporary relocation
  • make orders for possession under sections 82 and 84 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (requiring residents to vacate a community residential unit) and other orders dealing with non-payment of rent and other problems.

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.

For renting cases, most landlords are represented by an estate agent. If you are a tenant and your landlord is represented by their real estate agent, you are automatically entitled to professional representation.

When your dispute is about regaining possession of a rental property, you do not need permission from VCAT to be legally represented.

Find free or low-cost legal services that may be able to assist 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.

Legislation that applies to this type of case

Sections 70, 72, 74(1), 82, 84 and 85 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

Section 76 Disability Act 2006

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can:

  • hear disputes about the amount of the residential charge paid by a resident in a community residential unit run by a disability Definition A condition that restricts a person's physical or mental capacity to interact in their environment. Disability can be temporary, situational or permanent. service provider. These applications may be made under sections 70 and 72 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997
  • review notices to vacate given to residents of community residential units by service providers, under sections 82, 84 and 85 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and section 76 of the Disability Act 2006     
  • hear disputes about notices of temporary relocation under section 74(1) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997
  • make orders for possession requiring residents to vacate a community residential unit and other orders dealing with non-payment of rent and other problems.