Questions on Notice No 6239
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 13 October 2021

Question on Notice

Mr Bull (Gippsland East) to ask the Minister for Crime Prevention for the Attorney-General — I am aware of instances of lengthy delays in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal's (VCAT) process for dealing with applications by landlords requesting possession of their property due to default in payment of rent. Acknowledging COVID-19 has played a role in this, landlords are experiencing high anxiety as well as significant financial losses because of these delayed processes. Tenants continue to occupy premises rent free for many months, but when orders are finally obtained from VCAT, the frustration is that further delays are experienced enabling those at fault to end their rent free occupation. This includes VCAT allowing a further seven days before the agent/rental provider is permitted to apply for a warrant of possession and a wait time for a warrant of two to three weeks.

Given the two cases presented to me have renters over $7,000 in arrears, what action will the Minister take to fast track eviction action following the VCAT ruling so another month’s rent is not lost by the landlord.

No answer available