Rental Relief for Victorians Impacted by COVID
The Victorian Government has established a rental assistance fund to provide Rent Relief Grants of up to $1,500 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The one-off grant is specifically for renters living in their primary residence to help them maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation. It is paid directly to the renter’s agent, lessor or landlord to contribute to their rental payments, under their new rental agreement. To be eligible for the grant you will need to:
Have lost income as a result of the pandemic on or after 27 May 2021;
Have less than $2,000 in savings (excluding superannuation);
Have a single income of less than $1,208.85 per week, or $1,813.46 as a couple, aligning to an annual income limit of $62,860 for singles, and $94,300 for couples;
Provide proof of a rent reduction agreement for a period after 27 May 2021; and
Be paying more than 30% of your income in rent.
To apply you need to apply online at https://www.housing.vic.gov.au/help-renting/rentrelief The application is not available as yet, but we are informed it will be available soon. Please bookmark the page and check frequently. Please let all your family and friends who are renting know. Regards Dawn