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Serving an application about a renting dispute if a party lives interstate

If the respondent Definition The party against whom orders or relief is sought by an applicant.  lives interstate, you must serve (send) a Form 4 along with a copy of your application to the party Definition A person or organisation directly involved in a VCAT case, including a person or organisation that has brought the case before VCAT or who is defending claims made against them. .

To prove to VCAT you have sent the Form 4 with your application to the interstate party, you must complete an affidavit Definition A written statement where the contents are sworn or affirmed to be true. Affidavits mu​st be signed in front of a witness who is an 'authorised person'. of service and send it to VCAT. An example of how you complete an affidavit of service is on the first page of the form.

Once you have sent the application and Form 4, neither the parties nor VCAT can take further steps until at least 25 days have passed to allow for delays in mail delivery and to give the person living interstate time to respond to it.