(1) Except as provided in this section, a Tenancy Tribunal (a Tribunal) constituted under section 67 of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 has jurisdiction to hear and determine all disputes arising between any persons of the kind listed in subsection (2) in relation to a unit title development (a unit title dispute).
(2) The persons mentioned in subsection (1) are—
(a) the owner of a principal unit or a former owner of a principal unit:
(b) a future development unit owner:
(c) an occupier of a future development unit:
(d) a body corporate:
(e) an administrator:
(f) a registered valuer:
(g) an occupier of a principal unit:
(h) a service contractor:
(i) a prospective buyer of a principal unit:
(j) an original owner:
(k) a lessor of base land:
(l) the chief executive.
(3) Any person listed in subsection (2) may, by notice in writing to the Tribunal, appoint an agent to act on his or her or its behalf in relation to a dispute.
(4) The Tribunal does not have jurisdiction—
(a) to make an order requiring any person or body to pay any sum, or to do any work to a value, or otherwise incur expenditure, in excess of $50,000; or
(b) to hear a dispute relating to the application of insurance money under section 136(4); or
(c) to hear any dispute relating to the title of land.
(5) Without limiting subsection (4)(c), a dispute relating to the title of land includes—
(a) a redevelopment:
(b) cancellation of a unit plan:
(c) conversion under subpart 3 of this Part.
(6) An order of the Tribunal that exceeds any restriction specified in subsection (4) is of no effect.
(7) Subsection (4)(a) does not prevent a party to a unit title dispute from abandoning as much of the claim as exceeds $50,000 in order to bring the claim within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal; and in any such case, an order of the Tribunal in relation to the claim operates to discharge any person against whom the claim is made and the subsequent order made from liability in respect of the amount abandoned.
(8) The Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear and determine any claim arising under any unit title dispute that is a claim for the balance, not exceeding $50,000, after a set-off or any counterclaim made by the other party to the dispute against the claimant arising out of the same dispute, being a counterclaim admitted by the claimant.
(9) A cause of action must not be divided into 2 or more claims for the purpose of bringing it within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.