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11 February 2021
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Recent expansions of the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme offer more financial assistance to renters and landlords. The expansions aim to secure current renting arrangements beyond the end of the COVID-19 emergency period on 28 March 2021.
A third phase expansion, which started in January 2021, assists landlords who reduced, deferred or waived rent during the emergency period under the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (WA).
The fourth phase will target renters who may struggle to pay expected rent increases after the moratorium ends. Renters who are facing a significant rent increase, greater than the normal market rate of five percent a year, can apply for up to $2,000 per tenancy.
A key condition for both phases of the grant is that the landlord agrees to a fixed-term tenancy agreement of at least six months starting from the moratorium end date.
Full eligibility criteria and application information is available on our Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme page.
The clock is ticking on WA’s renting moratorium with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic emergency laws due to expire on 28 March 2021.
To help with the transition back to the usual residential tenancy requirements, we have developed a new publication, Future renting WA – Negotiating guide, in conjunction with key industry stakeholders.
The guide covers scenarios that could play out and examines the risks, benefits, considerations and pathways forward.
Negotiating now will allow landlords and tenants to be better prepared and lead them to have time to make plans for a safe and secure renting future.
More information is available on our Residential tenancies - COVID-19 response page.
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