A word from our CEO
The coming months pose new risks for renters.
The Federal Government flagged this week that COVID-19 disaster payments will be swiftly scaled back as vaccination rates rise. We share concerns expressed across the social services sector that it will be challenging for people who aren't working to fully rejoin the labour force when economies reopen, as it’s unlikely to be an immediate return to business as usual.
The risks, once again, are very real for Victorian renters already facing pandemic hardship through months of lockdown. Many in this category have rental arrears to contend with.
Our state does not have an eviction moratorium in place, but the Victorian Government has introduced some relief via targeted financial support for renters hard hit by public health restrictions.
The one-off support by way of grants are worth up to $1500. There are steps involved to qualify, but I urge renters facing lockdown rental stress to apply for support if they think they would be eligible.
CEO, Tenants Victoria