Short-term moratorium on evictions announced

The NSW government has announced a 60 day stop on evictions for COVID-impacted renters who have lost significant income and cannot pay rent in full.

Tenants who are impacted by COVID-19 cannot be evicted between now and 11 September 2021 if they have given notice to their landlord that they are an impacted tenant and they continue to pay at least 25% of their rent.

To show that they are ‘impacted’, tenants will have to show that their household has lost at least 25% of its income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be calculated by averaging the household’s income over the 4 weeks immediately before the start of the current lockdown (26 June 2021).

The NSW Government has also announced incentives to encourage landlords to provide rent relief by reducing rent or waiving arrears. Up to $1500 per tenancy will be available for landlords who agree to reduce rent for COVID-19 impacted tenants.

Additional funding is also being provided to increase the temporary accommodation available for people experiencing homelessness.

The federal and NSW government also announced an increase to the Disaster Relief Payment from $325 to $375 for people who have lost up to 20 hours of work, and from $500 to $600 for people who have lost more than 20 hours work due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.

For updates, refer to the sources listed below.

This information is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have a problem, contact RLC or your local tenants' advocacy service.

Source/further info

Renters' Guide to COVID-19 (Tenants' Union of NSW [TUNSW])
Stop on evictions and financial supports for impacted renters (TUNSW, 13 July 2021)
New short term moratorium on evictions (Fair Trading, July 2021)
COVID-19 Disaster Payment (Service NSW)