Coronavirus rental law changes in WA

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-23/wa-coronavirus-landlords-rental-relief-package-announced/12176888

The West Australian Government has announced a relief package of $154 million to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

The package includes $30 million for grants of up to $2,000 to directly help residential tenants pay their rent if they are suffering hardship.

"This assistance will help to keep tenants going," WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

"Helping eligible tenants continue to pay rent will reduce the risk of exposing landlords to financial hardship and meeting their mortgage obligations."

Mr McGowan said under the scheme payments would be delivered directly to the tenant's landlord.

"Today's package complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases and a moratorium on evictions from March 30," he said.

The grants will be available for tenants or sub-tenants who have lost their job, applied to Centrelink for income support, or have less than $10,000 in savings and are paying at least 25 per cent of their rent.

WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt said there was a very large number of West Australians who did not have a backlog of savings on which to rely.

"That's why we've effectively fixed the limit," he said.

"Balance sheets of businesses and households are having an impact regardless of what state and federal governments have done. We are trying to ameliorate that with this particular support."

WA Consumer Protection will administer residential relief grants with applications open from May 1.

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Jason Gwerder
Thursday, 7 May 2020

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