On 23rd September the NSW Government announced a six-month extension of the measures put in place to help residential tenants and landlords financially disadvantaged by COVID-19.
Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said the existing measures have provided much needed support to renters since they were introduced in April this year. “This has meant that many tenancies have been able to continue keeping a roof over people’s heads and giving landlords the security of continued rental payments” Mr Anderson said.
The measures the NSW Government have extended are:
- Preventing landlords from evicting COVID-19 impacted tenants for rental arrears unless they have attempted to negotiate a rent reduction in good faith;
- Allowing tenants impacted by COVID-19 to apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to end fixed term agreements in certain circumstances;
- Stopping landlords or agents from listing a COVID-19 impacted tenant on a tenancy database if they go into rental arrears;
- Extending the 90 day minimum period of notice landlords must give tenants for certain other evictions not related to rental arrears
Since these measures were introduced in April, over 50,000 people have accessed Fair Trading’s website information on the tenancy moratorium, while Fair Trading has received over 5,000 direct enquiries from landlords, tenants and agents about the new arrangements.
“As the impacts of COVID are ongoing, we extend these measures until March next year which will allow more time to return to normal” Mr Anderson advised.