The Victorian Government has announced that it will extend its ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year to help those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Over the past four months, almost 26,000 rental reduction agreements have been registered as suffering tenants seek financial aid.
Premier Daniel Andrews said: “No one should have to be worried about losing a roof over their head right now. This will give tenants certainty and security that they won’t lose their home or business while we fight this deadly pandemic.”
The eviction moratorium was initially due to expire on September 29, however, the state’s second wave and subsequent periods of lockdown has now seen that extended until December 31.
Minister for Consumer Affairs Melissa Horne said: “Extending the ban on evictions and rental increases is an important step in ensuring we help tenants and landlords get through the coronavirus pandemic and out the other side.”
The new measures include a $60 million hardship fund and a doubling of the land tax discount for eligible landlords, now up to 50%.
The partnership already shown has been remarkable. To get through this though, all of us – tenants and landlords, businesses and government – need to continue working together.Tim Pallas – Treasurer
Some landlords may also be eligible for rental relief as part of the new package, with Minister for Small Business, Jaala Pulford, echoing the treasurer’s words that everyone needs to work together during these tough times.
“Fairness is a two-way street and we’re providing the support that means tenants and landlords can continue to work together to find common ground,” she said.