More than 18,000 people have wanted to know how WA’s new rent relief scheme works, with hundreds having started their application, hoping for a grant covering four weeks’ rent up to $2,000.
The State Government’s $30 million Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme will assist renters who are out of work and struggling to pay their rent after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the conditions to qualify for the grant is that applicants must have an agreement in writing to pay a reduced rent to the landlord, or have engaged in Consumer Protection’s conciliation service in order to reach an agreement.
Grants equivalent to four weeks’ rent to a maximum of $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords, even though renters submit the application. However, the renter must receive the benefit of the grant through paying a reduced rent.
The scheme complements the introduction of new COVID-19 emergency tenancy laws which placed a six-month moratorium on evictions and rent increases.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said renters wishing to apply who do not have a revised rent agreement in place can reach out for assistance.
“Don’t feel pressured to sign paperwork provided by your landlord if you are not comfortable. Consumer Protection is here to help and we can assist to negotiate an arrangement that both you and your landlord are happy with and advise you on eligibility for the grant,” Ms Chopping said.
“The online application form is open until 29 September 2020, however the total grant funding of $30 million, depending on demand, may be claimed prior to this date.”
Renters can get further details and apply for the grant online atwww.dmirs.wa.gov.au/covidrentgrant. It is recommended that applications be made using a PC or laptop as supporting documents need to be uploaded as part of the application.
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