If your organisation has any dealings relating to the RTA, VCAT or HR Charter, please ensure staff are well prepared and trained at the relevant CHIA VIC course which are run regularly as introductions for new workers and as a refresher for experienced tenancy workers.
The Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) website contains many useful resources that will assist you with your general enquiries about
- Types of rental agreements
- Leases and notices
- Rental bond and condition report
- Rent and other payments
- Standards, repairs and entry rights
- Ending a lease or residency
- Owners corporation rules and resolving disputes
- Owners corporation property maintenance
- Owners corporation finance, insurance and record keeping
The Tenant’s Union website has many excellent resources including step-by-step guides and fact sheets which outline and explain the legal rights of tenants, and the obligations of landlords, Public, Community and private.
After your organisation has looked at the above resources to resolve the matters at hand, contact Mark Smoljo from CHIA Vic to receive tailored advice on the matter. Mark is an experienced worker in the RTA and VCAT processes.
Mark works for CHIA VIC two days a week (usually Wednesdays and Thursdays) and has extensive experience as a tenancy manager and of presenting cases at the VCAT.
Mark’s knowledge of VCAT’s latest thinking is gained through his membership of the VCAT Residential Tenancies Act Users Group and networking with community housing workers in the sector. As an experienced tenancy worker he can also offer other practical solutions that may enable you to avoid the VCAT process.
Mark can provide advice from an experienced practitioner point of view. He does not give legal advice.
Email Mark or call 0417 356 094 with a brief explanation of the matter and the name of your organisation.
CHIA Vic has negotiated an agreement for member organisations to access discounted legal advice on VCAT and the RTA from Russell Kennedy.
Russell Kennedy is one of Victoria’s leading full-service law firms offering a comprehensive range of legal services to its clients and has the skills, expertise and resources required to provide high-quality legal services to CHIA Vic members.
Russell Kennedy is also passionate about access to justice for everyone. Its commitment is embedded within the culture of the firm. It has one of the highest levels of contribution per lawyer and participation rates in Australia.
Russell Kennedy will provide CHIA Vic members with practical, expert legal solutions that meet your needs and excellent customer service.
Email Russell Kennedy or call 9609 1555.
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