Housing Improvement Act

On 3 April 2017, SACAT will be conferred jurisdiction under the Housing Improvement Act 2016.

Under these changes, SACAT will be conferred jurisdiction to review decisions made by the Housing Improvement Branch (which is a part of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) to make a range of orders, including housing assessment orders, housing improvement orders, housing demolition orders as well as being able to issue a rent control notices and notices to vacate.

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream. Further details about these types of application may be found here.

SACAT is also given a broader jurisdiction to deal with "housing improvement tenancy disputes" - which is:

  • a dispute between parties or former parties to a residential tenancy agreement (including residential parks and rooming houses) about matters arising under the Housing Improvement Act; and
  • any matter that may be the subject of an application under the Housing Improvement Act to SACAT.

In housing improvement tenancy disputes, SACAT will have the power to make orders for ejectment, for enforcement of an ejectment order by a Tribunal bailiff, for compensation for loss and inconvenience as well as a range of general orders under section 38 and exemptions under section 50 of the Housing Improvement Act.

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Housing & Civil Stream. Further details about these types of application may be found here.

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