I have a question with the new Tenancy Laws. I have been paying excessive energy usage due to a 1960's gravity fed hot

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Customer: Hi Pearl I have a question with the new Tenancy Laws. I have been paying excessive energy usage due to a 1960's gravity fed hot water service that the owner won't change. At the beginning of my tenancy the bills were anywhere up to $700- $800.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Victoria
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have contacted the agent at the beginning of my lease 3 years ago and then the new Laws came into affect this year I have also contacted the agent and I have email trails. They have provided an energy person to check the elelctricity howver, they did not check the Hot water Service because it was in the roof. The excuse was it was an occupational health and safety issue.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Yes. This is what I emailed the agent on FridayHi AthenaI am still trying to get through to the Tenancies Board, however it looks like they are inundated with emails and phone call’s due to COVID.Once I am able to, I will be raising with them:1. The fact that the Gravity Fed Hot Water Service (which is a fitting) was not checked and this was confirmed by yourself that this particular company, due to Occupational reasons they were not able to get into the roof.
I am sure someone is able to get into the roof to provide this information.2. As already discussed, my electricity bills are double than what they should be. I have advised that this is not due to the usage of the air conditioner’s as 2 don’t work and I also have evidence that my electricity usage during the summer months was less than now.
The reason for this is the 1960’s Gravity Fed Hot Water system does not have to heat as much during summer as it does during winter (it uses more energy to heat the water during the colder months). Therefore it cannot be the Air Conditioner’s.You also suggested that we are using more than normal water. This is incorrect as I have checked our water usage and it has not changed from bill to bill since we moved here.3. I will also be raising the fact that the Hot Water Services does not have an “energy Rating of 3 star’s plus” my bills are double than what they should be and this is not being addressed.4. If the owner does not feel he should change the Hot Water Service, then I believe I am entitled to be compensated for the excessive energy bills each month. I too have a family to feed and clothe.
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Hi! My name is***** a solicitor in Australia, and I’m happy to help you.

If you're having trouble with the tenancy board, what you can do is raise proceedings immediately in the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal.

​The Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal “VCAT” is perfect for meditating disputes.

The tribunal helps parties resolve the issues in question.

The mediation will resolve the matter in most cases.

You access the application form under the forms tab of the tribunal website.

The following link will assist you further:

www.vcat.vic.gov.au

The tribunal has help menus. The help menus will assist you in filling out the application.

The tribunal will send you an email after applying. That email will explain the next steps.

Have I answered your question? If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything more I can do. Thank you for using our site.

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