Changes to residential tenancies

26 Mar 2020

Elise Archer, Minister for Building and Construction

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is making changes to residential tenancies to protect tenants from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

These are not changes the Government has made lightly and have only been undertaken because of the widespread impact of COVID-19 on our community.

Under these changes, tenants living at their rental property cannot be evicted by their landlord for rent arrears or expiry of a lease for at least the next three months.

However, I want to stress that this is not an opportunity to avoid paying rent.

We strongly advise tenants to keep paying their rent if they are able to do so.

If tenants cannot pay their rent, they should, in the first instance, talk to their landlord to see if rent is able to be reduced.

The Government has also made changes to limit property inspections and certain repairs from taking place to support social distancing.

If tenants or landlords need further advice, they can call 1300 555 727 or visit: https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/housing/residential-tenancies-covid-19-emergency-provisions.