I've seen some pretty useful forum posts in my years browsing around the site, and I'm reaching out to get some advice/opinions from people that have been in similar situations.
Residential Tenancy Agreement in place.
Tenant started defaulting on rent pre-covid. Notice of breach issued for non-payment of rent.
Tenant caught up on rent payments however had caused multiple damages to the house. Notice of breach issued for damage to property.
Tenant has caused more damage and is now about 3 months behind on rent. Tenants are on Centrelink and are/were receiving increased payments during covid as well as rent assistance payments.
Notice to vacate issued by landlord to tenant.
VCAT application for compensation and possession lodged. Considered hiring private lawyer but cost is prohibitive, especially with no indication of maximum fees.
Quote to repair damages came to more than $13,000, not including clean up costs.
Tenant failed to vacate by given date. Has possibly abandoned property, and left large equipment on lawn and random belongings around house.
VCAT suggests that even though premises is possibly abandoned, a separate notice of possession needs to be lodged again (additional fee involved).
1. Is there anything else that can be done at this point to secure possession of the property, receive rent owed, and payment for damages?
2. At which point should insurance be notified? After VCAT proceedings? If we notify them prior would there be any advantage/disadvantage? Could they help in any way perhaps?
Any constructive/helpful advice would be much appreciated.