Damage caused by the tenant or their visitor

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If you or one of your visitors damages the premises, you may have to arrange to pay for the repairs to be done and you may have to organise them yourself.

If you don’t, your landlord or agent can serve you with a repair notice or Breach of Duty Notice requiring you to carry out the repairs within 14 days.

If you don’t act on this notice, they can arrange for the repairs to be done and ask you to pay. If you receive a repair notice or Breach of Duty Notice, contact the Tenants Union for advice.

If your landlord seeks reimbursement for repairs and you do not pay them, your landlord or agent can apply to the Tribunal for an order that you pay.

At the Tribunal, your landlord must prove that you caused the damage and that the cost of repairs was fair and reasonable.

You do not have to pay for the repairs until your landlord is granted an order from the Tribunal that you must pay. If you dispute your landlord’s claim that you or a visitor of yours caused the damage, you must attend the Tribunal hearing to defend the claim.

If you dispute your landlord’s claim that you or a visitor of yours caused the damage, you must attend the Tribunal hearing to defend the claim. (See Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.)

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