Magistrates’ Court hears disputes when someone lives interstate
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) usually hears disputes under Victoria’s rental laws, the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, between rental providers (landlords) and renters about rental properties in the state.
However, if either the rental provider or renter lives in a different state, any application about a rental dispute must be made to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, not VCAT.
This came about because of a constitutional issue about the power of tribunals such as VCAT to hear ‘interstate’ matters.
This new process was introduced on 29 November 2021.