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Topic "Housing" in Amharic - total 42 documents

Title: About Consumer Affairs Victoria
Summary: Basic information and contact details about the services. Consumer Affairs Victoria is the state’s consumer affairs regulator. Their purpose is to help Victorians be responsible and informed traders and consumers.

Title: Appealing a public housing decision
Summary: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Director of Housing you may be able to appeal the decision, which means asking that the decision be reconsidered. How to appeal a decison is explained in this document.

Title: Applying for a private rental property
Summary: When looking for a rental property, there are a number of things you should consider before and during the search for your next home.

Title: Assignment and sub-letting
Summary: Assignment is the legal term for when a tenant transfers their whole interest in a rental property to another person. For example, if a tenant signed a 12-month tenancy agreement (lease) but decided to leave after 6 months, they could get another person to move in and take over their lease. The new tenant would take the place of the original tenant, paying rent directly to the landlord, and having all the rights and responsibilities of the original tenant.

Title: Avoiding public housing maintenance charges
Summary: You don’t have to pay maintenance charges unless there is an order made at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) requiring that you pay.

Title: Bond payments and refunds
Summary: A bond is a sum of money that is usually paid to the landlord or their real estate agent at the start of your tenancy. It is held by the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority, which means that it’s your money and doesn’t belong to the landlord or agent. At the end of your tenancy the landlord may try and claim some or all of your bond as compensation for any damage to the property, for cleaning or for unpaid rent.

Title: Breaking a lease
Summary: If you have a fixed-term tenancy agreement (often called a lease), and you want to move out before the end of the fixed term, you may be able to break your lease in one of the following ways. You need to take care because some methods of breaking a lease may involve costs.

Title: CALD crisis housing service
Summary: A translated resource outlining the range of support services hosted by Women’s Health West to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children affected by family violence, with an emphasis on our CALD Crisis Housing Service.

Title: Compensation for tenants
Summary: If your landlord failed to carry out any of their duties under your tenancy agreement (lease) or the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, you can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for compensation.

Title: Complaints about landlords and real estate agents
Summary: If you think that your landlord or real estate agent has acted illegally or unprofessionally, you should consider making an official complaint.

Title: Defending a compensation claim
Summary: If your landlord believes they have suffered loss as a result of you breaching your tenancy agreement (lease) or the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, they may apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to make a compensation claim against you.

Title: Ending a tenancy
Summary: This fact sheet covers what to do when you are moving out of a rental property. See the 'Breaking a lease' and 'When you want to leave' fact sheets for more information about how and when you can give notice to end your tenancy.

Title: Eviction
Summary: In order to evict you, the landlord must: 1. Give you a valid Notice to Vacate (see the Notices to Vacate fact sheet for more information); 2.Apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a Possession Order; 3. Purchase a Warrant of Possession from the Tribunal; and 4. Give the Warrant of Possession to the police, which the police will use to evict you

Title: Fees and costs for a VCAT hearing
Summary: Expenses related to VCAT hearings are divided into “fees” and “costs”. Fees are amounts you pay to VCAT. An example is the application fee for a hearing. Other fees include the fee for a warrant of possession or the fee to issue a summons. Costs are any other amounts you have to pay to go to the hearing and present your case. Examples include travel expenses and costs of preparing evidence.

Title: Giving your landlord a breach of duty notice
Summary: If your landlord fails to carry out their duties under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, you can give them a breach of duty notice. This notice tells the landlord that they are required to fix the problem or pay you compensation for any loss you have suffered because of their breach of duty (or both).

Title: Goods left behind
Summary: If you move out of, or are evicted from, your rental property and you leave behind some of your goods (eg clothes, furniture) or personal documents (eg photos, letters), the landlord must deal with them by following the procedures set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

Title: Homelessness advocacy service information sheet
Summary: Do you need homelessness or social housing service support? If you have a problem with a homelessness assistance or social housing service - such as the transitional housing management (THM) program, a support service or a rooming house - Council to Homeless Persons’ (CHP) Homelessness Advocacy Service (HAS) can help.

Title: How do I find and apply for housing? Student housing
Summary: A guide to where you can find listings (ie advertisements) for various types of student accommodation and how to apply.

Title: Notice to vacate
Summary: If the landlord wants you to move out of the property, they must give you a valid notice to vacate. There are various reasons why your landlord can give you a notice to vacate, and the length of the notice period depends on why the landlord is giving you notice and whether or not you have a fixed-term tenancy agreement.

Title: Pets and your tenancy
Summary: The Residential Tenancies Act 1997, which sets out the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, doesn’t say anything about keeping pets on a rental property. However, many leases have a ‘no pets’ clause that prohibits tenants from keeping pets. If you have a pet or intend to get one, you should make sure your landlord agrees to this before you rent the property.

Title: Privacy as a tenant
Summary: The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 states that you have a right to ‘quiet enjoyment’ of your rental property. Landlords and real estate agents do have some rights of entry, but they must meet with certain requirements. If they don’t meet with these requirements, you don’t have to let them into your home.

Title: Property inspection checklist: student housing
Summary: Each time you inspect a rental property, bring a copy of this checklist with you. As you go about making the inspection, put a tick or cross in the address column or make a brief note. This will help you compare properties before you put in your application/s.

Title: Public housing rents
Summary: If you live in public housing, your rent won’t be more than a quarter of your household income.

Title: Public housing repairs
Summary: From time to time repairs will need to be made to your rented property. The tenancy law requires that all landlords in Victoria, including the Director of Housing, maintain their rented premises in good repair.

Title: Rent arrears
Summary: Under most tenancy agreements, rent is paid in advance. The most common arrangement is for the rent to be paid in advance on the same day of each month to cover the month ahead. If you do not pay rent on the day that it is due, for each day that you occupy the property without having paid rent you will be one day overdue or in ‘rent arrears’.

Title: Rent increases
Summary: If the landlord wants to increase the rent during your tenancy agreement (sometimes called a ‘lease’), they must give you a proper notice and there are some limits as to when and how much the rent can be increased.

Title: Repairs for rented homes
Summary: Landlords have a duty under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to make sure that the properties they rent out are kept in good repair. This also applies to common areas owned or managed by the landlord.

Title: Shared households
Summary: Not all shared household arrangements are the same. When you share a house or flat with other people, it may be a co-tenancy arrangement where all tenants have equal rights, one tenant may be sub-letting from another tenant, or you may have a licence agreement with no tenancy rights at all. Problems can occur when you share with other tenants, especially if you move into an established ‘share house’. There may be doubts about your legal status, and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 does not cover the rights and responsibilities of co-tenants in relation to each other, and nor does it regulate licence agreements.

Title: Starting a tenancy
Summary: A tenancy agreement (sometimes called a ‘lease’) may be in writing or it may be verbal. It may be for a fixed term (eg 6 or 12 months) or periodic (usually month to month). Fixed-term agreements are more secure because they make it harder for the landlord to evict you, but it can be expensive if you want to move out before the end of the fixed term. Only commit yourself to a fixed-term agreement if you are reasonably sure that you want to stay for the full term of the agreement.

Title: Tenant databases and blacklists
Summary: When you apply for a rental property, landlords and real estate agents sometimes use tenant databases to check if you have been “blacklisted” by previous landlords or real estate agents.

Title: The landlord is selling
Summary: A landlord is allowed to sell their property during your tenancy even if you have a fixed term tenancy agreement. The landlord or the landlord’s agent has to comply with the tenancy law when they are selling.

Title: The Tribunal (VCAT)
Summary: The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Residential Tenancies List) hears disputes between landlords and tenants. It is not a court, but it is able to make decisions that can be legally enforced. It is intended to be informal and cheap, and to resolve disputes quickly and fairly

Title: Utility charges
Summary: Services to your home such as electricity, gas, oil, water and sewerage are called ‘utility’ services. This page explains your responsibilities for connecting and disconnecting these services. It also explains which costs are your responsibility, and those costs that are your landlord’s responsibility.

Title: What are my housing options? Student housing
Summary: An outline of possible housing options for students

Title: What do I need to know before moving in (private rental and share houses) Student housing
Summary: Overview on tenants rights and duties before moving into a rental property.

Title: What do I need to know before moving in? (rooming houses) Student housing
Summary: Overview on your rights and duties when renting a room.

Title: What do I need to know before moving out? Student housing
Summary: There are a few things that one must take care of before moving out, although the legal responsibilities can vary slightly depending on the type of accommodation you are in.

Title: What do the real estate abbreviations stand for?
Summary: Advertisements for rental properties can be very confusing if you are not familiar with the real estate market abbreviations.This is a list to help understand what an advertised property actually has to offer.

Title: When you get a breach of duty notice
Summary: If your landlord believes that you haven’t met one or more of your duties under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, they can give you a Breach of Duty Notice.

Title: When you want to leave
Summary: Overview of rights and responsibilities if you want to end the lease.

Title: Which housing option is right for me? Student housing
Summary: The housing option that best suits your needs will depend on a range of factors, most of which are practical (such as the cost). However before you sign anything, it is worth taking the time to consider the legal status of each accommodation type, as this could help you make your final choice.

Title: Your renting rights
Summary: Translated fact sheets about topics such as requesting repairs, bond lodgement and starting and ending a tenancy.

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