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How to Effectively Present Your Valuation Case to the VGV Melbourne

If you decide to formally object against your property’s land valuation by the Valuer-General Victoria (VGV), you may be required to present your case in person at a hearing. Here are some tips to prepare and effectively put forth your arguments.

Understand the Dispute Process

Review the VGV website to comprehend the dispute process for disputed valuations. There are several stages like:

  • Filing a written objection with supporting evidence.
  • Receiving a response from VGV assessing or rejecting your grounds.
  • Appealing to VCAT if unsatisfied with VGV’s response.
  • Presenting at a formal hearing if the matter goes to VCAT.

Knowing the timeline and procedure will help you plan your strategy.

Gather Robust Evidence

The onus is on you as the objector to prove your valuation should be lower. Solid evidence is key to back your claims, like:

  • Sales data showing significantly lower prices for comparable properties in your area.
  • Professional valuation report highlighting issues in VGV’s valuation.
  • Building inspection reports indicating structural problems overlooked.
  • Title documents, photos or other proof supporting your assertions.

Focus Your Presentation

At the VCAT hearing, you will have limited time to present. Focus on:

  • Summary of key facts – property details, valuation amount, your estimate, percentage difference.
  • 2-3 main reasons why the valuation looks unfair or inaccurate with reference to evidence sources.
  • Any major factual errors made by VGV about your property’s attributes.
  • Concluding statement with your objective for a revised valuation.

Avoid emotional arguments and stick to factual discrepancies you can demonstrate.

Use Visual Aids Effectively

Visuals like slides, photos, maps etc. presented professionally can strengthen your case by:

  • Comparing your property to lower-valued nearby sales.
  • Illustrating physical defects or other issues via photos.
  • Showing the location of negatives like busy roads, power lines etc.

But limit slides and ensure legibility. VCAT members have likely visited your area already.

Answer Questions Confidently

Expect some tough questioning from the panel. Stay composed and address queries factually. Refer to evidence documents if required. Don’t argue if you don’t have the facts to counter their statement.

By planning thoroughly and focusing on the key evidence, you can hope for a fair hearing of your objections against the VGV’s land valuation.