COVID-19, Money, Wellbeing

COVID-19: WA Help with paying your rent

Published on April 15, 2020 10:21 pm, by

Key points

  • The exact details of rent relief available for residential tenants varies by State but some of the broad principles are consistent across the country
  • In most states eviction notices that have been issued, but where the tenant has not yet vacated the property have been suspended for a period of time. This will provide tenants with some time to make alternative arrangements
  • In all states there is a 6 month moratorium on new evictions for rent arrears where tenants are suffering financial hardship due to COVID19. So if you cannot pay your rent because your income has fallen due to COVID19 you cannot be evicted for 6 months
  • Tenants and landlords have been encouraged to discuss circumstances and negotiate arrangements between them where ever possible
  • In most states tenants are encouraged to continue to pay their rent where they can and in most cases if they cannot pay their rent the rent arrears become a debt that is owed to the landlord
  • Many states have implemented some kind of land tax reduction or deferral for landlords that support tenants that are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • There are some other rent assistance schemes available such as the Federal Governments Rent Assistance benefit and some schemes that operate at a state level

Rent Relief in Western Australia

6 month moratorium on evictions for tenants suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19
Rent freeze for 6 months
Leases that end during the emergency period autmatically convert to month to month leases
Landlords are not required to make non urgent repairs during the emergency period
Tenants can break fixed term leases during the emergency period without incurring break feesTenants must have be homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, have exhausted all other options, have lost thier job and have less than $10,000 in cash savings

More information on rent relief arrangements in Western Australia Australia is available from the Western Australia Government


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Peter is the CEO of MoneyBrilliant. He has over 20 years experience in banking, insurance and accounting. Peter has three sons, ranging in age from 16 to 3, is a sport and fitness fanatic and a volunteer firefighter. He is passionate about improving people's lives through making financial services more accessible.

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