The Tenancy Tribunal can hear and resolve unit titles disputes up to $50,000.

The District Court or the High Court hears disputes that exceed this amount.

Who can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal?

Almost anyone with an interest in a unit title property can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal, including:

  • owners or former owners
  • tenants or other people living in the property
  • a body corporate
  • contractors
  • prospective buyers.

An agent can act on your behalf with the Tribunal. You will need to notify the Tribunal of this in writing.

Authority to Act template (Ministry of Justice) (external link)

Application categories

There are two categories for unit title applications.

Category 1 applications are more complex and are likely to go to a hearing. They may be about:

  • maintaining common areas
  • body corporate governance
  • decisions and processes.

Category 2 applications are simpler. They are likely to go to mediation and may be about:

  • the day-to-day management of the complex
  • the actions of a unit owner or occupier
  • not obeying the body corporate rules.

Applications about someone not paying their levies are Category 2.

Application Fees

  • Category 1 - $3,300 including GST
  • Category 2 - $850 including GST

You may get the fee back if your claim is wholly or partly successful.

Appealing a decision

If you are not happy with a decision, you can appeal to the District Court.

The fees for Tenancy Tribunal appeals are:

  • filing fees ($200)
  • hearing fees ($900 – for each half day, if the hearing lasts for longer than half a day)
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