$154.5 Relief Package

$154.5 Relief Package

$154.5 Relief Package

The WA Give has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the Covid-19 pandemic with full details available here. Details about the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme are available on this link.

Residential tenants and landlords

The WA Government has also committed $30 million for grants of up to $2000 for residential tenants who have lost their job and facing financial hardship. These one-off grants, will be paid direct to landlords, on behalf of tenants experiencing financial hardship, to provide the equivalent of four weeks’ rent, capped at $2000.

This residential support is intended to provide an incentive for landlords to renegotiate rental agreements with tenants who have lost their job and are facing financial hardship.

The residential rent relief grants will be administered through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), with the grants scheme available for six months from 29 March 2020. More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for the residential relief grant.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are resident in WA
  • You have, or shortly will have, lodged a tenancy bond with the Bond Administrator
  • You are a permanent resident, Australian citizen, or have a temporary or permanent protection visa or bridging visa
  • You live in a private residential property, rooming house or residential park
  • You are in ‘financial hardship’, meaning you:
    • Lost your job on or after 20 March 2020
    • Have applied for Centrelink income support
    • Have less than $10k of household savings
    • Are currently paying rent of at least 25 per cent of the total household income after tax
  • You have agreed to a reduction in rent with your landlord, or have engaged in Consumer Protection's dispute resolution service.

To qualify for these commercial and residential grants, landlords must agree not to seek to recover this rent relief from tenants at the end of the period.

Laws to provide support for tenants and landlords

A six-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions has now become law.  The laws implement the decision of the National Cabinet and are designed to prevent tenants from having to move out or being made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Other elements of the laws include: 

  • a ban on rent increases during the moratorium period 
  • fixed-term tenancies automatically converting to periodical tenancies if they expire during the period, unless another fixed-term agreement is entered into 
  • landlords will not have to carry out non-urgent repairs if they are experiencing financial hardship or are not able to access the premises due to restrictions on movement 
  • tenants who experience COVID-19 related financial hardship and end a fixed-term tenancy prior to its end date will not incur break lease fees, but will still be liable for damage and rent arrears. 

For more information see the:  

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