I have been renting an apartment since 2015, and my landlord (who lives overseas) has issued me with notice that they wish to sell and take vacant posesssion.
I have received VCAT notice of hearing under section titled "Termination order: sale of property"
Living in a 2bdr apartment with my wife and baby , currently working from home, wife currently unable to work due to covid restrictions.
Being forced to move out would be a pretty big inconvenience and obviously financially costly (paying for movers, cleaners, taking time off work, finding a new place and signing a lease, etc).
This site says
"It is no longer possible for a landlord to give a tenant notice to vacate a rented premises."
However it also lists a valid reason for landlord to request vacant possession as the reason given. (Sale of property)
Just wondering if anyone has experienced this during Covid times and wondering what the chances are of the magistrate deciding they aren't allowed to force us out? Or is it a fait accompli that the magistrate will tell us we have to leave in 60 days?
(Based on the facts mentioned above, personal family circumstances, and current covid situation making it difficult to find a new place)
If VCAT is unlikely to kick me out, then as an alternative option would you think it's reasonable for me to suggest an agreement directly with the landlord, e.g. I will agree to move out by a certain date if he waives my rent for 45 days
From the VCAT form "The landlord is seeking a termination order either 60 days from the hearing date or a date agreed to with the tenant, whichever is earlier"