Tenancy tribunal now streamlined in NSW

New South Wales Civil & Administrative Tribunal

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) commenced presidings on 1 January 2014. The NCAT has absorbed 22 existing state tribunals including the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal + the Local Government Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal into a single administration.

It is hoped that the NCAT will provide a consolidated, simple, fast, cost effective and transparent body to resolve a multitude of issues. The appointment of a NSW Supreme Court Judge as the President of the NCAT, Robertson Wright SC will have a multi-disciplinary jurisdiction that is empowered to tackle wide ranging issues.

As stated from the NCAT website, “the Tribunal has been established in response to the recommendations of the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which conducted an inquiry into opportunities to consolidate tribunals in NSW between October 2011 and March 2012. The parliamentary inquiry found the existing tribunal system can be ‘complex and bewildering’. It recommended tribunals be consolidated where appropriate and to promote access to justice.”

It will be the Consumer and Commercial  Division of NCAT that will resolve Tenancy disputes and other issues relating to Residential Property including:

  • Agent commissions and fees
  • Agricultural tenancy
  • Boarding houses
  • Consumer claims
  • Conveyancing costs
  • Dividing fences
  • Holiday parks (long-term casual occupancy)
  • Home building
  •  Motor vehicles
  • Pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers
  • Residential parks
  • Retail leases
  • Retirement villages
  • Social housing
  • Strata and community schemes
  • Tenancy

There are a number of educational resources for matter in-sights made available by the Consumer & Commercial Division of NCAT at:

http://www.cc.ncat.nsw.gov.au/cc/Resources.page?

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