NSW support package: Government brings in eviction moratorium for renters amid Sydney COVID lockdown
New South Wales renters struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 lockdown will be protected from being evicted.
The state government has on Tuesday called a 60-day moratorium on evictions for residential tenants who have lost 25 per cent or more of their income due to the stay-at-home orders.
“There will be no evictions for the next 60 days for those doing it tough – for workers who had a reduction in income by 25 per cent,” said Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.
Moreover, Perrottet says any landlords who provide rental relief for tenants can gain access to rebates and a reduction in land tax.
The NSW government has made a similar announcement for commercial and retail tenants.
“We will be mandating that there will be no lockouts or evictions during this period of time,” Perrottet said.
“We want to encourage retailers right across NSW to work with landlords to make sure that we all get through this difficult time together.”
The announcements came as the NSW government joined with the Commonwealth to reveal a separate package of financial support for those suffering under the Sydney lockdown.
People who lose more than 20 hours of work per week will get a payment of $600 as they enter a fourth week of lockdown, as opposed to $500.
New Jobkeeper-style support for businesses has also been revealed, with those which suffer a 30 per cent decline in turnover to receive payments of between $1500 and $10,000 per week.
There is also a $17.35 million mental health support package for NSW including for services through Lifeline, headspace and Kids Helpline.
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