NSW was one of the first states
to act, with a Greens amendment passed by Parliament that allowed the Housing
Minister to enact regulations to amend rental laws, which have since been used
to enact the eviction ban.
The ban in NSW prevents those who
have lost at least 25 per cent of their weekly income from being evicted for
the non-payment of rent for six months from April 15.
There are exceptions if the
tenants and landlords have taken part in a good-faith negotiation and "it is
fair and reasonable” for the landlord to evict, but the state tribunal needs to
consider what would happen to the tenants if they were evicted in any legal
Landlords now need to give 90
days’ notice at the end of a fixed-term lease to kick tenants out, and they
can’t add the tenant’s details to a bad tenants’ database for the non-payment
has announced a widely panned rent relief package which provides land tax
clemency for landlords who offer rent reductions, but its efficacy has been questioned by experts and MPs on both sides of politics. Those measures will be
voted on May 11.
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