Victorian Government Extends COVID-19 Tenant Protections

The Victorian Government has announced that the moratorium on evictions and rent increases has been extended to 31 December 2020. These protections will extend to both commercial and residential tenants.

For residential tenants, any notice to vacate served after 28 March 2020 for a failure to pay rent is not effective. If a tenant is unable to afford rent, the landlord and tenant are able to register a 'reduced rent agreement' with Consumer Affairs Victoria and then apply for a one off rent relief grant of up to $3,000, which has also been increased from $2,000.

Commercial Landlords will now also be required to offer rent relief in proportion with the tenants drop in turnover for the relevant period, as opposed to only having to 'consider' the tenants drop in turnover. The tenant is still required to be registered for the 'JobKeeper' scheme to be eligible for the rent relief provisions under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (Vic).

If you are a tenant or landlord and are wanting more information on the rental assistance package, the rent relief provisions under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (Vic), and advice on your specific rights and obligations call the team at Mal Ryan and Glen on (03) 5775 2744.

This information is general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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