In this of need where people have lost jobs and struggle to pay rent, Tenants Victoria (Victoria’s leading tenancy legal service) wants to try and help.
They want to see the state government allow a temporary ban on evictions.
Jennifer Beveridge, chief executive for Tenants Victoria, is worried about renters and how easily they can become sick with COVID-19 if they lost their homes, or had to find a new one.
She went on to say, quote: “You can’t maintain social distance and follow the government’s health advice if you don’t have a home.”
Ms Beveridge has asked both Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz and Attorney-General Jill Hennessy to “order VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) to cease issuing possession orders” for now, meaning that landlords will be blocked from booting out tenants who can't pay the rent, because they've lost their jobs due to the corona virus crisis.
The states are working with the Commonwealth to draw up unprecedented laws aimed at protecting the estimated 8 million people who rent, and there are also grave fears the rental market will collapse.
A separate plan is also being worked out to protect small businesses who can't pay their rent during this crisis.
- The National Debt Helpline at ndh.org.au
- Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Tenancy Assistance and Advocacy Program at consumer.vic.gov.au
- The Department of Health and Human Services’s housing assistance team via 1800 825 955 or housing.vic.gov.au