Recent government response: An $80 million rental assistance fund has been established to provide rent relief payments of up to $2,000 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship due to Covid-19.
Rental hardship eligibility:
1.The tenant is paying more than 30% of their income in rent and have limited savings (less than $5,000) or access to other support.
2. Household income must be less $100,000 per annum.
3. To be eligible for the rent relief payment the tenant must have now, or will soon have, a bond registered with the Victorian Residential Tenancies Bond Authority.
4. The 30% test applies before the agreed, mediated or ordered rental reduction has been applied.
5. 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 refugee and temporary protection visa holders.