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Victorian government extends eviction moratorium

  • August 21 2020
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Victorian government extends eviction moratorium

By Cameron Micallef
August 21 2020

The Andrews government will extend its ban on evictions and rental price increases until the end of the year, as Victoria continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victorian government extends eviction moratorium

Victorian government extends eviction moratorium

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  • August 21 2020
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The Andrews government will extend its ban on evictions and rental price increases until the end of the year, as Victoria continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victorian government extends eviction moratorium

Under the extension, evictions will be banned until 31 December 2020 for both residential and commercial tenants, while rental prices will not be able to be lifted for existing tenants. 

In a statement announcing the extension, the Victorian premier reiterated that landlords and tenants need to work together to get through the crisis.

“No one should have to be worried about losing a roof over their head right now. This will give tenants certainty and security that they won’t lose their home or business while we fight this deadly pandemic,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

For landlords who do grant rent subsidies, they will also be able to take advantage of more support, including further land tax reductions and more grant funding.

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Eligible residential tenants and landlords will be supported with up to $3,000 in rental payments as part of the Rental Relief Grant program, with new recipients able to apply for the full amount. 

A further $1,000 will be made available for previous recipients.

Residential and commercial landlords may also be eligible for an increased land tax discount – now up to 50 per cent – doubled from the earlier 25 per cent while a fund of $60 million for eligible small commercial landlords will be made available via a hardship scheme.

Eligible small businesses that own their own commercial premises will also now benefit from land tax relief.

“Fairness is a two-way street and we’re providing the support that means tenants and landlords can continue to work together to find common ground,” Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford said.

The government indicated that it will also be encouraging banks to continue working with any customers who are struggling to pay their mortgage as a result of the pandemic.

Victorian government extends eviction moratorium
Victorian government extends eviction moratorium
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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