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More money for tenants, eviction moratorium extended

The Residential Tenancy Support Package has been increased to $4,500 and the eviction moratorium has been extended to November 11.

Minister for better regulation and innovation Kevin Anderson said the increased payment will incentivise landlords to offer rent reductions to tenants who are doing it tough.

The extension of the eviction moratorium will provide welcome peace of mind for those doing it tough during the current lockdown.

“We know times are tough and the Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant financial hardship for many, which is why the NSW Government is continually assessing our support and providing assistance where it is needed,” Mr Anderson said.

“The Residential Tenancy Support Package will now provide payments of up to $4,500 per tenancy as long as landlords reduce rent for their tenants by at least that much and have not claimed land tax relief.

“This is a further $1,500 increase and comes as part of our commitment to supporting people who have taken a hit due to COVID-19.

“We have always encouraged landlords and tenants to work together to negotiate a rent reduction, and now the NSW Government is providing a rebate of up to $4,500 to make sure tenants and landlords are both protected.

“During times like this it is crucial that we all dig deep and do what we can to help each other out, so I am strongly encouraging landlords to work out a rent reduction for their tenants and then make the most of this rebate.

“The NSW Government is working around the clock to get applications approved and money is being processed in a very timely fashion.”

Mr Anderson said the extension to the eviction moratorium will give tenants who have experienced a downturn in their income due to Covid-19 one less thing to worry about while they are getting back on their feet.

“Covid-19 impacted residential tenants who are struggling with rent will continue to be protected from eviction due to rental debts until November 11, which is an extra two months protection to the moratorium period previously established.”

Following the moratorium, for the period November 12 to February 12 next year, transitional measures will apply and will limit when terminations can occur for rental debt accrued during the moratorium.

If you have an agreed repayment plan, a landlord will only be able to terminate your tenancy for this debt if you have failed to make two or consecutive repayments or it’s fair and reasonable in the circumstances.

If you have not been able to agree on a repayment plan, a landlord will be able to terminate your tenancy for this debt if the landlord has tried, in good faith, to negotiate a repayment plan through Fair Trading, and it is fair and reasonable in the circumstances.

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