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Supporting documents for Residential Tenancies cases – Tenant applications

This is a list of the most common Residential Tenancies application types and the documentation you should include when filing your application.

If your application is made through the Residential Tenancies Hub you will not be able to attach documents. In this case the supporting documents should be emailed to renting@vcat.vic.gov.au within 48 hours of filing your application (with your case number quoted in the subject line). Coloured photographs should be brought along to the hearing.

The Section column on the table refers to the part of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 that the complaint falls under. You need to quote the Section when completing the claim details part of the application form.

Description of application Section Further documents required by the Act or Rules, or that is useful to include with the application
Order declaring proposed rent is excessive
When you’re applying for an order declaring the rent, or proposed rent, is excessive
46 Copy of the Director's report.
Urgent repairs
When you’re applying for an order to direct the landlord, or landlords agent, to carry out specified urgent repairs. They must fall within the definition of Urgent Repairs as outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
73 Specify in application the repairs required which fall within the definition of urgent repairs under section 3 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997
Non-urgent repairs
When you’re applying for an order to direct the landlord, or landlords agent, to carry out specified repairs that do not fall within the definition of urgent repairs as outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
75 Copy of the Director's report.
Determination that consent to assign or sub-let is not required
When you’re applying for an order to direct that the landlords consent to assign or sub-let the rented premises in not required.
82  
Compensation or compliance order (up to $9,999)
When you’re applying for compensation or a compliance order because a Breach of Duty notice has not been complied with.
209 Copy of breach of duty notice under s208 of RT Act, outline of how the amount claimed has been calculated
Compensation (up to $9,999)
When you’re applying for an amount of compensation under $10,000.
210 Outline of how the amount claimed has been calculated
Creation of a tenancy agreement
When you’re applying for an order requiring the landlord to enter into a tenancy agreement.
232  
Creation of tenancy due to intervention order
When you’re applying for an order requiring the landlord to enter into a new tenancy agreement with the protected person of an intervention order.
233A Copy of order excluding a tenant from the rented premises (final)
Reduction of fixed term tenancy agreement
When you’re applying to reduce the time of the fixed term tenancy agreement.
234  
Application for reduction of a fixed term tenancy because of intervention order
When you’re applying to reduce the time of the fixed term tenancy agreement where one of the tenants has been excluded from the premises due to an intervention order.
234(2A) Copy of order excluding a tenant from the rented premises (interim or final)
Challenging validity of notice
When you’re applying to challenge the validity of a notice to vacate given to you by the landlord.
321B  
Compensation or return of goods or personal documents
When you’re applying for the return of goods or personal documents, or compensation for both, that were left behind at the premises and wrongfully retained by the former landlord
397  
Bond – Tenant
When you’re applying for an amount of money to be paid out of the bond.
416(1) Copy of the RTBA receipt, copy of condition report if required
Bond and compensation – Tenant
When you’re applying for an amount of money to be paid out of the bond and further compensation to be paid by the landlord.
416(1),210 Copy of the RTBA receipt, copy of condition report if required
General dispute
This section can be used when you’re making an application that is not specifically provided for anywhere else in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
452 Outline of how the amount claimed has been calculated if claim includes compensation.
Restraining orders/injunctions
This section covers a wide range of orders including the making of an urgent injunctive order if appropriate.
452,472  
Settlement of consumer and trader disputes or small claims Compensation (over $10,000)
When you’re applying for any claim where the amount you’re seeking is over $9,999.
184 (Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012) Outline of how the amount claimed has been calculated

When you are ready to apply, select the type of application you want to make.

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