Application form (General application) - Residential Tenancies List
You can apply to VCAT to hear a residential tenancy dispute if you are a landlord or tenant; caravan park owner or caravan park resident; a rooming house owner or resident.
Before coming to VCAT
Due to changes in renting laws, VCAT can accept but is not able to consider your application at a hearing unless you have contacted Consumer Affairs Victoria and have been provided with a referral to VCAT. This means if you have not obtained a referral from Consumer Affairs Victoria by the time of the hearing, the hearing will not be able to proceed.
To obtain a referral, complete CAV's application form.
How to apply
Find out the relevant Section Number of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 that applies to your claim type. You will need to quote it as part of your claim details in the application form. You may also have to provide documents to support your claim.
There are time limits set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 for some claims, so you should apply as soon as possible. If you apply outside of the time limit, you need to request a time extension as part of your application by quoting section 126 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Act 1998. VCAT will not always grant your request for a time extension.
If you are a tenant or resident applying for a rent reduction, you must also complete a financial circumstances statement in support of your application.
You will need to check if you must pay an application fee.
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Last modified30 August 2017