DHHS COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant

The Victorian Government has established an $80 million rental assistance fund to provide rent relief payments of up to $2000 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grant is specifically for tenants and is paid directly to the tenant’s agent, lessor or landlord to contribute to the tenant’s rental payments, under their new rental agreement.

To be eligible for the grant you will need to have:

  • Registered a revised rental agreement with Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • Have less than $5,000 in savings (excluding superannuation)
  • Have an income of less than $1,903 per week before tax
  • Be paying more than 30% of your income in rent

Your financial circumstances will also need to have been significantly affected by COVID-19 through loss of employment, working hours and/or pay reduced by 20% or more or, as a sole trader, had your business suspended or had your turnover reduced by 20% or more.

For more info please visit: https://rentrelief.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/