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There is now a general ban on evicting Victorian tenants for 6 months from 29 March 2020.
However, your landlord can apply for an order ending the tenancy in certain situations including:
• where you have caused serious damage to the property;
• where you have endangered the safety of people including neighbours, the landlord or the landlord's agent; or
• where you have used the property for an illegal activity.
Yes. If you are unable to pay your rent, your landlord won’t be able to evict you, but the unpaid rent will continue to add up.
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After you’ve submitted your case, one of our team members will be in touch to discuss your situation. Then, we’ll work with you to prepare a personalised letter to your landlord to seek a rent reduction. In our experience, a letter from an accredited legal institution helps in getting a successful outcome.
We will also give you the tools you may need to negotiate with your landlord and finalise the agreement.
Anika can help one or any number of tenants in a share house.
However we can’t help you negotiate against one of your housemates. For this reason, if you pay rent to someone who also shares your house (e.g. they may be the homeowner, or someone who has sub-let a room to you), we are unfortunately unable to help.
We hope our services will help you reach an agreement, but if not, there are a couple of last resort options:
To be eligible for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rent relief grant, you must meet all of the following requirements below:
Don’t worry - you do NOT need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.
During this period (6 months from 29 March 2020), if you are suffering severe hardship, you have two options.
Option 1: Give notice
For periodic leases, tenants can end the lease by giving their landlord 14 days notice. Unfortunately for fixed term leases, tenants can only select an end date that is after the end of the fixed term (and must give 14 days notice). You won’t be liable to pay any lease break fees and the process for claiming your bond remains the same.
Option 2: Apply for an order
If you are suffering severe hardship, you can apply to VCAT to make an order reducing the term of your lease.
VCAT will make this order if it is satisfied that if the term of the agreement were not reduced, the severe harm which you will suffer will be greater than the severe hardship that your landlord will suffer (if the term were reduced). If VCAT makes this order, you won’t be liable to pay any lease break fees and the process for claiming your bond remains the same.
While the law does not define ‘severe harm’, VCAT will be looking for strong, compelling evidence of your hardship. Therefore, if applicable, the following sorts of evidence may be helpful:
If you have no other option and need to break your lease without your landlord’s agreement, you could unilaterally break your lease. To do this, you will need to advise your landlord in writing of your intention to leave and the exit date. Do not continue to pay rent after you have exited. If you do this, you should know that you will be liable for:
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