New residential tenancies support measures now in effect
Written on the 9 April 2020 by SAFCANew residential tenancies support measures now in effect
Rental advice due to COVID-19
Recognising the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on a number of South Australians, State Parliament has endorsed a number of initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected.
These initiatives can be expected to be in place for the duration of the declared emergency period as a result of COVID-19 to provide some assurance to those in the private rental sector.
The new measures aim to:
SACAT will continue to be able to consider undue hardship to tenants or landlords.
Where tenants have been impacted by COVID-19 but still have the capacity to pay their rent, they should continue doing so.
Where alternative arrangements are needed as a result of COVID-19, tenants and landlords are encouraged to work together on an agreement and where an agreement cannot be reached the matter may need to go before the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
If you still have questions of concerns, you can contact Consumer and Business Services by: Calling 131 882. Asking Claire (our 24/7 virtual assistant for residential tenancies) Completing one of our enquiry forms
For more information, visit https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/rental-advice-due-covid-19