Rental housing

Last Updated: 24 Mar 2021 5:14pm

Residential tenancy changes during the COVID-19 emergency period

A number of changes were made to residential tenancies in Tasmania under the COVID-19 Disease (Emergency Provisions) Act 2020.

The Tasmanian Government is now transitioning out of the COVID-19 emergency period for residential tenancies.

Some of the changes to the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 including changes to rental evictions, rental increases, and general repairs and maintenance expired on 31 January 2021.

See the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) website for more information.

COVID-19 Rent Relief and Landlord Support Funds

The Tasmanian Government is providing financial support for residential tenancies in the private market and who are experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund and Landlord Support Fund offers support of up to $2,000 or four weeks rent per fund to eligible tenants and landlords.

Tenants can apply for a first, second, third, fourth or fifth support payment if eligible.

Landlords can apply for a first, second, third and fourth support payment if eligible.

Additional support is available between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021.

See the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) website for more information.

Rent arrears payment order

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on residential tenancies and some tenants may have fallen behind in paying rent (known as rent arrears).

The Tasmanian Government has introduced changes to the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 to allow the Residential Tenancy Commissioner to issue a repayment order which will allow landlords to recover any outstanding rental arrears which have been accrued during the COVID-19 emergency period.

The rent arrears payment order does not override the obligation of a tenant to make regular payments of rent but instead, the order outlines a schedule for repayments in addition to normal rent obligations.

See the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) website for more information.