Defending an Eviction - Assembling Your Evidence

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ACAT is not bound by the rules of evidence that apply to courts, but in order to convince the tribunal member that you should not be evicted, you need to have reliable evidence to support the statements you make in your defence.

For example, a receipt is evidence that a payment has been made; a dated photograph is evidence of the condition of the premises; a statement from a neighbour that there has been no loud music for the last 2 weeks is evidence that you have remedied the breach. (See Tenancy Factsheet: Evidence Checklist for ACAT).

The things you say yourself at the hearing are also evidence, so make sure that the statements you are planning to make are clear and accurate. Write a list of points you want to make, and the evidence you have to support each point.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal 6207 1740

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