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What do the changes mean?

  • Some States and Territories  put in place measures to protect tenants from eviction who have
    been affected financially by COVID-19

  • These measures have ended in Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT. 

  • They will end at the end of March 2021 in NSW, Vic and Western Australia.

  • South Australia has extended the provisions until May 31 2021.

  • The NT did not introduce any extra measures to protect tenants

  • NSW  plans to introduce a 6-month transition period out of their temporary rental eviction moratorium, which expires 26 March 2021.
     

Page last updated on 9/3/2021

What do you do differently?

Page last updated on 01/06/2020

  • Tenants should be encouraged to negotiate with their landlord
    for a rent reduction, if needed.

  • There will be a tension between what the client can afford in rent and what reduction the landlord may be able to afford (or thinks is reasonable). 

  • Deferrals should still be avoided because this just creates a debt. We do not know when the pandemic will end so the debt could get very large.

  • If a tenant is still being threatened with eviction, this is an urgent situation and the tenant needs tenancy advice. People will still be evicted because they may not meet the criteria for protection.