Refer to the following to find out the conditions for filing your neighbour dispute claim at the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT).
You can file if...
You cannot file if...
You can take a pre-filing assessment on the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS) to check whether your claim can be heard by the CDRT.
You will receive a pre-filing assessment ID after completing the pre-filing assessment. Take note of this ID as you will need to provide it when filing your neighbour dispute claim.
The online pre-filing assessment is not conclusive and is not legal advice. Please seek legal advice if you are uncertain if your claim can be heard by the CDRT.
You may file a neighbour dispute claim at the CDRT if your neighbour causes any of the following examples of interference:
Refer to Example cases of neighbour disputes to read about past cases heard by the CDRT and their outcomes.
The maximum monetary claim that can be brought in the CDRT is $20,000.
You may start a civil claim if you are claiming more than $20,000 from your neighbour.
All CDRT claims must be filed within 2 years of the event which creates your cause of action. A cause of action is the fact or facts which entitles you, in law, to start a court action against the neighbour respondent.
You may start a civil claim if the event which creates your cause of action occurred more than 2 years ago.
The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.Find out more
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