Urgent Vs. Non Urgent Tenancy Disputes

23rd Jun 2017

Residential tenancy agreement

The process that you will need to undergo to resolve your tenancy dispute will depend on whether your dispute is defined as urgent or non urgent. Regardless of the severity of your dispute, Rostron Carlyle lawyers can help you to find a positive outcome through a process of negotiation, mediation, alternative dispute resolution or, if the dispute escalates, litigation.

Urgent Disputes

Serious tenancy disputes include:

  • Termination of a residential tenancy or rooming accommodation agreement due to:

    • Repeated breaches

    • Excessive hardship

    • Objectionable behaviour

    • Damage or injury

    • Abandoned premises

  • Handling of abandoned goods or documents

  • Emergency repairs

  • Proposed or existing tenancy database listings

  • Entry to the premises

  • Caravan park issues, such as:

    • Exclusion of a person

    • Changes of park rules

    • Relocation within the park

  • Rooming accommodation issues, such as:

    • House rules

    • Ending of agreements

    • Abandoned goods

    • Entry to the premises

  • Domestic violence issues

  • Determining whether an agreement is covered under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming and Accommodation Act 2008

  • Compensation

  • Warrants of possession

Non Urgent Disputes

Most residential tenancy disputes are non-urgent.

They can include:

  • Disputes about a rental bond

  • General disputes between parties

  • Breaches of a conciliation agreement

  • General disputes between sub-tenants and head tenants

Dispute Resolution Process

Regardless of the dispute, the first step is always to try and negotiate a fair outcome. Whether you are the tenant or the landlord, you need to contact the other party and listen to their side of the story. If you can both come to an agreement before the dispute escalates, you will be saving yourselves time, money and stress.

Unfortunately, not every dispute can be resolved with listening and good intentions – if this is the case, other steps need to be taken in the form of mediation or litigation. When communications and compromises fail, it is always best to seek the advice of a legal professional who can advise you of the next logical step.

To find out the best course of action for your dispute, contact our legal experts today. You can read more about resolving residential tenancy disputes here.

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