Applying for a hearing Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal
Application forms are available from
- Fair Trading Centres (www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au)
- your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS)
- CTTT registries or website (phone 1300 135 399 or see www.cttt.nsw.gov.au).
The form includes advice on how to fill it in. You can ask the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal to hide your address details in the copy it sends to the landlord.
For an urgent hearing, attach a letter to the application saying why it is urgent. Time limits An application about a breach must be made within 3 months of becoming aware of the breach.
Other types of applications have different time limits – check the application form. If the time limit has passed, ask for an extension in your application. Costs An application costs $35 ($5 if you are on a government pension or benefit, Austudy, Abstudy or have a Seniors Card – you must provide a copy of the card or Austudy/Abstudy advice).
If you prove that paying the fee will cause you hardship, you can apply for free. A summons for a witness or documents costs $39. (Get advice from your local TAAS about this.) If the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal thinks that your application is not serious or that you are deliberately wasting its time, you may have to pay the landlord’s costs.
Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of NSW
Further information and advice for NSW tenants can be sourced from www.tenants.org.au