COVID-19 UPDATE

  • The Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act has been extended to until the 6th of February 2021, or 28 days after the COVID-19 Emergency Direction expires – whichever comes first.
  • “The legislation restricts rent increases for tenants and the ability of landlords to terminate lease agreements.
  • Provisions to continue under the legislation include:
    • Those involving commercial leases;
    • Restrictions on rent increases, as well as breaches and terminations of tenancy agreements involving financial hardship due to the coronavirus for residential tenancies, residential parks and supported residential facilities;
    • The use of ‘virtual’ visits by the Community Visitor;
    • Alternative methods of signing and witnessing documents.
  • Also, to ensure that measures aimed at protecting residential tenants are not exploited, we have narrowed the focus of the Act so that the prohibition on rental increases only applies if the tenant is experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.