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What happens if a tenant is late with the rent?

If you do not pay your rent by the due date, you risk being forced to leave (evicted). If you are 14 days or more late (in arrears), the landlord can issue a Notice to vacate to tenant/s of rented premises (Word, 774KB).

They must give you any Notice to vacate by hand or by registered post. We recommend that the landlord tries to reach a solution with you before issuing a Notice to vacate.

If you receive a Notice to vacate, you can challenge it at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Note: A landlord, owner or agent cannot personally evict a tenant or resident, physically or otherwise.

As Victoria's consumer affairs regulator, we help landlords, agents and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

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