Eviction moratorium reinstated
Written on the 14 July 2021
A 60-day moratorium on evictions has been announced in New South Wales, as landlords are once again incentivised to reduce the burden on COVID-19-affected tenants.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet have revealed "a comprehensive economic support package worth billions of dollars aimed at helping businesses and people right across the state fight through the current COVID-19 lockdown".
It comes as the state battles an increasing number of COVID-19 Delta strain infections across Greater Sydney, with lockdown measures likely to be required to continue past the 16 July date initially proposed.
On the landlord side, capped grants of up to $1,500 will be available for residential landlords who reduce rent for tenants where the landlord is not liable to pay land tax.
For impacted commercial and retail tenants, the NSW government has indicated that landlords will not be able to recover security bonds, lockout or evict tenants prior to mediation taking place.
This will apply to businesses with a turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million that have had a 30 per cent decline in turnover, according to Mr Morrison. These costs will be split 50/50 between the federal and NSW government. Small and medium businesses will be able to register their interest for the support payments from 14 July.
The Prime Minister indicated that should other states and territories experience extended lockdowns akin to the Sydney lockdown, this support will also be made available.
A COVID-19 disaster payment will also be made available to any New South Wales worker who has lost more than eight hours, or a full day's work, due to lockdown.
Those who have lost more than 20 hours of work a week in Greater Sydney are eligible for a $325 payment. From week four of lockdown, payments will be increased to $600.
Ms Berejiklian said the comprehensive package has three key aims: protecting business, saving and keeping jobs through the lockdown, and ensuring people had support during an uncertain and difficult time.
"While our health and medical staff are fighting COVID-19 on the frontline, this comprehensive support package is aimed at saving jobs and protecting businesses until the lockdown is over."