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How does rent have to be paid?

You must pay your rent in the manner specified in the tenancy agreement or lease. The landlord cannot force you to change to a different method after you sign the lease.

If the lease does not specify a payment method, you should negotiate an acceptable method with the landlord. The default arrangement is that rent is collected from the rented premises. If you cannot agree, you can apply for a ruling from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The landlord cannot charge for issuing a rent payment card, or establishing or providing direct debit facilities.

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