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REINSW lobbying pays off, tenancy cases to again be heard in Parramatta

REINSW lobbying pays off, tenancy cases to again be heard in Parramatta
REINSW lobbying pays off, tenancy cases to again be heard in Parramatta

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales, after a two year absence and intense lobbying, has welcomed the recommencement of tenancy cases being heard in Parramatta.

Announced on Friday, Attorney General Greg Smith said that the area would once again host regular sittings, this time of the new super tribunal - the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal, more commonly referred to as NCAT.

This will happen from 30 June 2014, and will see NCAT sit in Parramatta three days each week as a service for tenants and landlords.

This has been welcomed by the president of the REINSW, Malcolm Gunning, who said that it was needed for Sydney's west. Estimations are currently that up to 40 issues would be heard per day in Parramatta.

“We were very concerned when old Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) stopped operating in Parramatta in early 2012," said Gunning.

“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."

“Our efforts over the last two years to highlight the importance of tribunal hearings in Parramatta have been vindicated by this decision,” he said.

NCAT is the replacement to the CTTT system, that is said to simplify the "complex and bewildering" system, according to Smith.

“The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will be a one-stop shop for almost all state tribunals, ranging from relatively small bodies such as the Chinese Medicine Tribunal through to the much larger Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal,” said Smith.

It deals with tenancy disputes, customer complaints, applications for guardianship and a number of other issues.

After operating from 2 January 2014, NCAT conducted 28,000 hearings in 100 days.

Parramatta hearings will be held in a room at the Commonwealth Law Courts building.

“This is great news for Western Sydney and consolidates Parramatta’s position as the state’s largest legal hub outside of Sydney’s CBD," said Smith.

“It follows confirmation that the Court of Criminal Appeal will sit in Parramatta for two weeks in July and August, with the Chief Justice of NSW Tom Bathurst to be among the judges presiding over the hearings.”

Regular Supreme Court sittings may also be a possibility, with Chief Justice Bathurst examining this in the future.

“While the old Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal sat in Parramatta until early 2012, many of the tribunals that have joined NCAT have never conducted regular hearings in Sydney’s west,” said Smith.

“NCAT will provide the people of Western Sydney with quick and cost effective access to justice.

“Tribunal proceedings are typically less formal than a traditional court hearing and often achieve earlier resolutions.”

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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