Rent arrears

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If you do not pay your rent on the day that it is due, you will be ‘in arrears’. If you are unable to make a payment, contact your landlord or agent as soon as possible and tell them when you will be paying.

If you are unable to repay the arrears in one payment, you should offer to pay them off over a period of time (eg an extra $20 per week).

Do not offer to repay more than you can afford. You should make the offer in writing and keep a copy. If your landlord or agent rejects your offer, you can use the letter at any later Tribunal hearing as proof that you tried to resolve the problem.

If your landlord or agent rejects your offer (or you are unable to make repayments) and you are 14 days or more in arrears, they may act to have you evicted. Before you can be evicted, they must give you a 14-day Notice to Vacate andapply to the Tribunal for a Possession Order.

Be aware that it is illegal for you to refuse to pay your rent on the grounds that your bond can be used as rent.