Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my landlord's estate Agent who told me I was being evicted after 21 years

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Customer: Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my landlord's estate Agent who told me I was being evicted after 21 years because the property [ which is a Green Wedge Property] is being developed.On checking with the Shire of Yarra Ranges I have discovered that no such application has been lodged. As well as that has the Agent inpinged my rights as a tenant by doing it by phone and not in writing and also doing it before 31st March?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: No I am still in somewhat a stae of shock and today I had as convenor of our Cancer Support group had coomiitments. that being said I rang the Tenancy Board at least 12 times between 10 am and 1:30 pm to no avail. having just arrived back home it is too late now as the office is shut.
JA: Where is the home located?
Customer: It is 1806 Warburton Highway Woori Yallock and the land is a Green Wedge of approx. 5acres . The house is a Miner's Cottage on half acre and the owner many years has refused permission for repairs to be done except for leaking roof and plumbing
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes I was threatened with eviction in 2019 when I raised concerns re the septic tank being blocked by tree roots and the plumber declaring he would never come again. Last year the Landlord decided to put water and electricity onto his very large shed out the back so that he could put on a hot water service and a fridge.> he wanted to place it underground and conected to my meters. The Agent then informed me that the plan was I would pay for the electricity and the landlord would pay for the water. I had witnesses to the conversation
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Hi, I’m John Melis, solicitor, and I am in Australia. I know you have a lot of choices, and there are various ways to move forward. May I suggest that you consider the following steps:

I propose that you create a little list of events in chronological order as to what happened. Then issue a formal notification to the other party. That document will become necessary if proceedings are commenced.

Generally, most disputes will resolve without legal proceeding.

Would you like to consider this option?

I can hear your concern and your voice, and if you follow the steps I’ve suggested above, it will give you a direction to go.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Customer
Do I address my concernes to the Agent or Landlord please John?
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John Melis, Expert

You will address your concerns to the agent as a first starting point.You’re handling this matter very well.If there is anything else, big or small, that I can help you with today, please let me know?
Customer
She refuses to put anything in writing and unfortunately is well known for this.
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John Melis, Expert

I suggest that the next step is the tribunal in that case.The State Tribunal is perfect for mediating disputes.The document you file in the tribunal is the points of claim. You can download this from the tribunal website.Draft the complaint in numbered order detailing the issue. I suggest that you also say what action you have taken to try and rectify the matter.You can run your case yourself.There are help menus on the tribunal website that you can use to assist you with the application and process.When you lodge your application, you will receive an email from the tribunal with the next steps to follow.I can hear your concern and your voice, and if you follow the steps I’ve suggested above, it will give you a direction to go.Please let me know if you have any more questions.
Customer
Thanks John for your help I will give this consideration. Was she supposed to wait until after the 31st March due Coivd rules re eviction etc . I was told by her she was being generous due to my long tenancy
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John Melis, Expert

Thank you kindly for your follow-up.I wish you a pleasant afternoon.I appreciate your patience. Let me know if you have any other questions. Otherwise, it was my pleasure to help you today, and I thank you for chatting with me.
Customer
Sorry but you did not answer my question re her calling me before 31st march. I cannot at this time afford $85 as I am a pensioner and have not received it as yet this week.
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John Melis, Expert

The landlord cannot evict you until after 31 March. That is on 1 April 2021 the eviction notice can be issued.If there is anything else, big or small, that I can help you with today, please let me know.I thank you for reaching out today.
Customer
Thank you very much and I willingly give you a High Rating
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John Melis, Expert

I appreciate your patience. Let me know if you have any other questions. Otherwise, it was my pleasure to help you today, and I thank you for chatting with me.
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