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The lockdown will continue until at least the end of the month. Image – Canva.
  • Lockdown will be extended to 30 July
  • Eviction moratorium has been reintroduced for residential tenants
  • Residential landlords can apply for land tax relief or a grant of up to $1500

After announcing 97 new local cases the New South Wales government has announced further support for landlords and renters impacted by the lockdown, which has now been extended to, at least, 30 July.

A targeted eviction moratorium will be reintroduced to protect residential tenants.

$210 million in grants for eligible landlords who decrease rent was also announced. Landlords can apply for either a grant of up to $1,500 per tenancy or land tax reductions. Dependent on the landlord’s circumstances, the land tax relief will be equal to rent reduction reductions made to financially distressed tenants.

Kevin Anderson, the Minister for Better Regulation, said the support packages provide immediate assistance for both landlords and renters.

“Our number one priority is the health and safety of our communities and this package will provide support for both tenants and landlords, ensuring renters continue to have a roof over their heads while maintaining rental incomes for landlords.

“We are putting in place measures to prevent tenants financially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions from being evicted, creating stability while the State and Federal support measures roll out.”

Kevin Anderson, Minister for Better Regulation

Mr Anderson called on renters financially impacted by the lockdown and landlords to negotiate effectively.

“These measures hinge on landlords and tenants working together through this challenging period and we encourage both parties to enter negotiations in good faith.”

Yesterday, the Federal and New South Wales government announced changes to the Covid-19 Disaster Payment which will increase to $600 for individuals who have lost 20 or more hours of work a week and $375 for those who have lost between 8 and 20 hours.

From 18 July, the payment will be available for those outside Commonwealth declared hotspots in NSW for those that meet the criteria – essentially, regional NSW workers who can prove lost hours as a result of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

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