Category Archives: VCAT

Effect of mental health on income and housing – chicken or egg?

Tenants Victoria has responded to the call by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to make a submission on the interactions between homelessness, tenancy and mental health. The Commission has asked interested parties to make their submissions by providing answers to a series of questions. Tenants Victoria has confined our submission to partial answers to three questions: What makes it hard for people to experience good mental health and what can be done

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Inquiry into biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia

One of the most common issues Tenants Victoria is contacted about is mould.  These queries tend to increase during the colder months of the year as increased humidity wreak havoc on many buildings. According to a survey conducted by CHOICE and the National Association of Tenancy Organisations last year, 20% of renters said they have experienced mould growth in their homes that was difficult to remove or reappeared.  The survey also found that 21% of

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Changes to VCAT Access: What’s in store for tenants?

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) recently launched their strategic plan for the next five years.  In it, VCAT has vowed to create a more inclusive and customer-centric environment by addressing certain systemic issues relating to a tenants’ access to justice through their services.  The positive changes include: The communication of hearing dates to tenants will no longer solely lie with the landlord or agent. Now, the registrar will contact the tenant via phone

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Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.