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17 December 2020
On 17 December 2020, the State Government announced an expansion of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme. The phase three expansion will assist tenants financially affected by COVID-19 to pay their rent debt when the emergency period ends on 28 March 2021. The expanded scheme will also assist landlords who reduced, deferred, or waived their tenant's rent during the emergency period.
Your tenant may apply for this phase of the scheme if they meet all the following criteria:
So far about 5,700 tenants who applied for the existing phase two of the scheme have received financial assistance amounting to $7.7 million of the allocated $30 million.
A re-purposing of the scheme’s remaining funds will provide landlords with direct one-off payments equivalent to 75 per cent of the accrued rent arrears incurred during the emergency period or of the amount by which rent was reduced or waived, up to a maximum of $4,000.
A key condition of landlords receiving the funding is that they enter into a fixed-term tenancy agreement of at least six months with their existing tenant. This six-month period must commence after the end of the emergency period on 28 March 2021.
Applications for the existing phase two of the scheme will close on 31 December 2020. Applications received up to this date will continue to be processed.
Further information about phase two of the scheme is available on our website, by ringing our Contact Centre on 1300 304 054, or emailing email@example.com.
We will update the scheme's web page with information about phase three in the near future. Please check the web page over the coming weeks.
Please note our offices will be closed on Friday, 25 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021. The following services will be available between Tuesday 29 December to Thursday 31 December 2020:
For urgent enquiries during this time, please visit our contact page.
We wish you all a safe and happy festive season.