Relief for Victorian renters
If you’re experiencing rental hardship in Victoria because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for help with a Coronavirus (COVID-19) rent relief grant.
What is it?
The one-off grant established by the Victorian Government provides rent relief payments of up to $3,000 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It is specifically for tenants living in their primary residence to help them maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation and is paid directly to the tenant’s agent, lessor, or landlord to contribute to the tenant’s rental payments, under their new rental agreement.
To be eligible, you’ll need to have registered a revised rental agreement inclusive of a rental reduction or gone through mediation and have, or will shortly have, a bond registered with the Victorian Residential Tenancies Bond Authority.
Your household income must be less than $1,903 per week, and you have less than $5,000 in savings and still be paying at least 30 percent of your income in rent.
There are no citizenship or permanent residency requirements for applicants. Applicants that may be eligible include casual workers on holiday and working visas, skilled visas, seasonal workers, New Zealand citizens and all refugees and temporary protection visa holders.
Fully eligibility criteria here.
How can you apply?
If you’re eligible, you can apply for a grant at any time.
To apply, you must provide a current bank statement for every tenant on the lease, in addition to evidence of reduced income for every applicant affected.
The Rent Relief Application portal can be found here.
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