Property managers in Sydney’s west will welcome the news that tenancy cases will once again be heard in Parramatta following a two-year hiatus, according to Mr Bob Walters, executive director of Leading Property Managers of Australia (LPMA).
Parramatta will host sittings of the state’s new “super tribunal", the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), on three days a week from June 30.
Incorporating the former Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT), it will be a “one-stop shop for specialist tribunal services in NSW, dealing with a diverse range of matters including tenancy disputes, consumer complaints, professional disciplinary hearings and applications for guardianship”, said Mr Walters.
"The more you can take the service [NCAT] to local areas, the more applause you’ll get from property managers, landlords and tenants,” he told Residential Property Manager.
“Obviously the agents out in Sydney’s west need a localised service because a fundamental part of what they do has to do with tenancy disputes, and sometimes breeches of tenancy agreements, so the less distance they have to travel to present their cases the better it’s going to be for all parties.”
Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) president Malcolm Gunning said resolving disputes in Parramatta is a “win for everyone in the property industry, especially landlords and tenants who will no longer face the costs and time restraints of having to travel to the Sydney or Penrith Register to have their case heard”.
NCAT began operating on January 2 and has conducted more than 28,000 hearings in its first 100 days.