Queensland Coronavirus Rent Relief Package

The Qld government launched the Special COVID-19 Protections for Residential Tenants and Owners on April 9, revealing a set of relief packages they said would freeze evictions for cash-poor renters, provide rental support and prevent landlords from turfing out tenants once the lease had ended.

They also said property owners must offer an extension to the lease of at least six months after the lease’s expiry, while tenants were able to end their lease with a week’s notice if they were unable to afford the payments.

But the Real Estate Institute of Queensland says tenants are being prioritised at the expense of landlords.

It is calling on them to write to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to seek changes that would also afford them protection.

Under the proposed measures property owners must offer tenants at least a six-month extension, and tenants who can't pay rent and want to end their lease early could do so.

It would also make more people eligible for state support of up to four weeks rent, or a maximum of $2,000, while they wait for federal support.

Victims of domestic and family violence would be allowed to end leases quickly, change locks without seeking approval, access bond, and separate from co-tenancies.

Guidelines will be developed between government officials, stakeholders representing tenants, property managers and owners.

To submit your protest of the new changes, visit: https://theonsitemanager.com.au/news/urgent-will-the-palaszczuk-governments-special-covid-19-protections-for-residential-tenants-protect-you/

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Jason Gwerder
Friday, 24 April 2020

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