Australian Government has announced a relief package of $154 million to support
tenants, landlords and the construction industry impacted by the coronavirus
includes $30 million for grants of up to $2,000 to directly help residential
tenants pay their rent if they are suffering hardship.
assistance will help to keep tenants going," WA Premier Mark McGowan said.
eligible tenants continue to pay rent will reduce the risk of exposing
landlords to financial hardship and meeting their mortgage obligations."
said under the scheme payments would be delivered directly to the tenant's
package complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases
and a moratorium on evictions from March 30," he said.
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
"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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