Applications extended for Residential Relief Grant Scheme
South Australian residential tenants who are suffering significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for rent relief through a grant to their landlords.
The Residential Relief Grant Scheme, which recently announced a second round of up to $1000 per household, has extended applications until 31 March 2021.
Rental hardship means a residential tenant must have:
- experienced a significant reduction to their usual income from 30 March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions
- less than $5,000 in savings, and
- pay more than 30% of their income in rent.
A significant reduction to usual income because of COVID-19 means that on or after 30 March 2020 the tenant:
- lost their job, or
- had a reduction to their usual hours of at least 20 percent, or
- had a reduction to their usual wages or salary of at least 20 percent, or
- operated a sole trader business which was either suspended or experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 20 percent, or
- lost other regular income or financial help.
This scheme will assist landlords and tenants, including those landlords who don’t qualify for existing government relief delivered via the emergency land tax relief scheme for landlords this financial year – because the value of their land falls below the land tax threshold.
Landlords and tenants will be required to demonstrate that a revised rental agreement has been negotiated as part of the application process.
Tenants are encouraged to apply online before 31 March 2021.
More information about the Residential Relief Grant Scheme can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.Page last updated : 16 Oct 2020