Parents are furious with their ‘adult child’, aged 22, who REFUSES to pay rent while living at the family home – and there’s a legal loophole that allows her to get away with it
- A woman, 22, was taken to a tribunal for not paying rent while living at home
- Parents took their daughter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- VCAT threw out the case and there was no formal rental agreement set up
- The woman’s parents are now looking to evict her if she continues to not pay rent
A Victorian woman who was taken to a tribunal by her parents for not paying rent while she lived with them is now facing eviction.
The woman, 22, was taken to the Victorian Civil and Administrative (VCAT) Tribunal by her parents, who wanted their daughter to pay for her share of the rental costs.
But the Tribunal ultimately threw out the case as there was no formal rental agreement between both parties.
By law, parents have no legal right to make their son or daughter pay rent while they live at the family home.
However, they also have no obligation to provide their children with accommodation and can evict their son or daughter at any time, with or without reason.
The parents are now looking to evict her if she continues to not contribute to the rent.
A friend of the woman asked real estate rental guru Richard Saville, the founder and director of Break Your Lease, about what his friend could do to stop the parents from evicting her.
‘A good way to move forward from this situation is through calling in a mediation service to help with the communication between parents and adult child, and create a pathway,’ he wrote in a column for Nine.com.au.
‘This may be a board arrangement setting a price and listing acceptable behaviours, or perhaps setting a date for the adult child to leave,’ he explained.
‘The adult child will need to do some preparation by looking at rental prices and availability of alternate accommodation and remember to budget for the utilities, power, water, and internet/phone and food expenses.’
A woman, 22, living at home has been taken to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (pictured) by her parents because she allegedly refused to contribute to the rent
The case was dropped as there was no rental agreement set up between both parties. The parents are now looking to evict their daughter (stock image)
Saville said VCAT was correct in throwing out the case as there was no rental agreement between both parties.
However he understood why the parents would want their daughter to contribute to the rent.
‘The cost of living has increased so much that it is understandable for a household to share costs.’
He recommended the young woman begin looking for alternative accommodation.
Real estate rental guru Richard Saville, the founder and director of Break Your Lease, says