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Victoria Announces $500m in Land Tax and Rent Relief

Published by:
Alf Couceiro
Published on:
April 20, 2020
Victoria Announces $500m in Land Tax and Rent Relief

Additional support for Victorian investors and business owners with an additional stimulus package announcing $500 million to support tenants and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential and commercial tenancy law has been amended, allocating the $500 million between land tax relief and rental assistance for those negatively affected by COVID-19.

The allocation of $420 million in land tax relief and $80 million in rental assistance will be applied with:

  • A temporary ban on evictions;
  • A pause on rental increases for six months (except in certain circumstances); and
  • Provide land tax relief for landlords and rent relief for tenants.
  • The ban also extends to the non-payment of rent for commercial tenancies of small and medium-sized businesses.

Under the new legislation, if a landlord provides tenants with rent relief they will be eligible for a 25% discount on land tax, with any remaining land tax able to be deferred until March 2021.

The $80 million in rental assistance will be provided to eligible renters who have registered their revised rental agreement with Consumer Affairs Victoria or have gone through mediation, have less than $5,000 in savings are be paying a minimum of 30% of their income in rent.

If landlords and tenants cannot agree on a reduction in rent, renters will be given access to a fast tracked dispute resolution service with Consumer Affairs Victoria or the Victorian Small Business Commission for mediation.

The emergency legislation with pass through parliament Thursday 23 March 2020.

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