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New legislation has passed both houses of the Victorian state government on the evening of 8 August 2018. 

The new legislation allows for the owner of one apartment to make a complaint about short-term letting guests in another who are:

  • Making excessive amounts of noise
  • Interfering with owners or guests of other lots
  • Creating hazards to health and safety in common areas
  • Preventing owners or other guests of owners access to common areas
  • Damaging any aspect of the apartment complex.

Owners who are not happy with the actions of guests of a short-term letted apartment can submit their complaint in writing to the owner's corporation, who then must agree if action should be taken or not.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can be involved to rectify the matter if the owner of the problem apartment is uncompliant.

VCAT can take the following actions:

  • Preventing the owner of an apartment to short-term lease their property if they receive three separate complaints within a 24-month period
  • Charging the owner of the apartment a 'loss of amenity compensation order'. Up to $2,000/complaint.

Under the legislation, both owner and guests are at just as fault as each other.

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