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VIC Landlord Refusing to Return Bond - Tenants Rights?

Discussion in 'Property Law Forum' started by Emm, 20 March 2015.

  1. Emm

    Emm New Member

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    My partner and I vacated a house 3 weeks ago. We were given a list of things to repair and clean, these things were done and now the landlord has added to this and won't refund our bond. Under property law, can they legally keep adding things?
     
  2. Ivy

    Ivy Well-Known Member

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    Your landlord is obligated to have done a final inspection with you (the tenants) present. This is the time that you would have returned the keys and the landlord was able to notify you of any cleaning or repairs needed. They cannot add to this list once you have vacated and the final inspection has been done.

    If you are having issues getting the bond, you can start by contacting Consumer Affairs Victoria and then potentially making a claim through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

    Additionally, this document put out by Consumer Affairs Victoria is quite comprehensive: http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/library/publications/housing-and-accommodation/renting/renting-a-home-a-guide-for-tenants.pdf
     
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    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Ivy, they should have done a final inspection when you gave the keys back - end of story. Did you receive something in writing indicating what it was that you were required to fix first time around? Or was it verbal. Make sure you keep all evidence in case you need to prove your side of the story to the tribunal etc.
     

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