Hi, I have 2 quick questions about a property I have been renting. I live in Victoria and have been renting this property for just under a year. The landlord lives in NSW. 1 - In the lease agreement, it contains a clause saying 'tenant must pay all rates and outgoings'; I took this to mean that I pay consumption on all rates and outgoings, i.e. usage. However, the landlord is now demanding that I pay council rates. I have done some light research and have found s58 of the Residential Tenancies Act VIC which (I believe) sets out that a tenant is not liable to council rates. So, my first question is - Am I liable to pay the council rates? 2 - I provided written notice via e-mail to the landlord of my notice to VCAT (a 1 month notice) on the 13th November 2015. The landlord claims he never received it and has now stated that the notice period becomes 'effective' on the 25th November (date in which I spoke to him). I have a copy of the e-mail which I sent to him on the 13th November 2015 giving this notice. I could not deliver this notice to him because, as mentioned above, he lives in NSW and I reside in Victoria. Due to his threats and so forth I paid an additional $800 to him because that would be the rent amount between 13th-25th Therefore, my second question is when does the actual notice period end, given the above scenario? Further, am I entitled to recover this $800 overpayment? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated as the landlord is making non-stop telephone calls and pressuring me.