Ben Cording, Principal Solicitor, Tenants Union Legal Service
The Residential Tenancies Act 1977 (Vic) sets out the rights and duties of landlords and tenants, including the residents of caravan parks and rooming houses. Strict limits are set on bonds. Landlords’ rights of entry are limited by law. Tenants can be evicted only by legal process, but being in arrears on rent can result in a 14-day Notice to Vacate.
When a property is sold, a 60-day notice must be given. Tenants must give 28 days notice to vacate. VCAT can rule on all tenancy disputes, but appeals to VCAT rulings are complex and may be uneconomic.
This section includes the following topics:
- Who is a residential tenant?
- Who is a landlord?
- The agent
- Starting a tenancy
- During the tenancy
- Ending a tenancy
- Procedure for ending a tenancy
- Recovering bond money
- Abandoned goods and documents
- Compensation claims
- Australian Consumer Law
- Social housing
- Hearings, appeals and offences under the Residential Tenancies Act
- Tenancy and human rights
- Further information: advice and contacts
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