Defending an Eviction - What if I can't attend on the Hearing Day?

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Although you can appoint someone to represent you or be your agent in your absence, it is best to be there yourself to defend an eviction. If you can't attend, phone the registry and let them know. If you need to get the hearing adjourned to a later day, try first to get the agreement of the landlord and then write/fax the registry that the parties have agreed to an adjournment and why.

If you have good reason for being unable to attend, the tribunal may order an adjournment, even if the landlord opposes it. You would need to provide the tribunal with a medical certificate or some other evidence of incapacity to attend.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal 6207 1740

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