The Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant closed at 11:59pm on 16 January 2022.
If you have any questions about an application you lodged, please email RentRelief@dffh.vic.gov.au.
What is the legal process?
- You can request a rent reduction from your rental provider at any time. Under the current rental laws, your rental provider does not have to accept your rent reduction request.
- If you are 14 days or more behind in rent, your rental provider can take steps to evict you. It’s important to know that your rental provider can’t unreasonably evict you if you have taken steps to pay back the rent. View our eviction process video to learn how a payment plan can help your situation.
- The Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant closed at 11:59pm on 16 January 2022.
- I want to ask for a rent reduction or apply for the COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant
- What is a rent reduction agreement?
A rent reduction agreement is an agreement made between you and your rental provider to pay a reduced rent amount for a set period of time. The agreed rent reduction may be a written or verbal agreement.
You can request a rent reduction from your rental provider at any time. Under the current rental laws, your rental provider does not have to accept your rent reduction request.
- What if I have a rent deferral?
A rent deferral is different to a rent reduction. A rent deferral means that you continue to pay the same amount of rent, but have agreed with your rental provider to delay the payment for a specified amount of time. For example, if normally you pay $1000 a month in rent, but agree to pay $2000 next month instead, that is a rent deferral.
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