The Victorian government is providing rental relief for tenants who have lost at least 20 per cent of their income because of COVID restrictions.
“This program will provide a one-off grant of up to $1500 to Victorians who have lost income as a result of the COVID pandemic and are obviously experiencing rental hardship,” Housing Minister Richard Wynne said.
Mr Wynne said the one-off payment is for renters paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent to help maintain them in safe and affordable accommodation.
The Victorian government announced a rent relief package for renters who have lost at least 20 per cent of their income as a result of the latest outbreak, since May 27 this year.
Under the scheme a grant of up to $1500 will be paid via their landlords. Singles will need to earn less than $62,860 and couples will need to earn no more than $94,300.
People will also need to have less than $2000 in savings.
“We are also asking the landlords as they did last year to show a level of compassion to people who find themselves in sometimes very, very desperate circumstances, insecure work, unable to work, they’ve lost their hours,” Mr Wynne said.