17 August 2020

Rebate for landlords who lower rent extended for three months

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay.

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay has announced an extension of rebates for landlords who lower rent by at least 25 per cent. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

An ACT Government scheme that offers a land tax rebate for landlords who reduce their tenant’s rent by at least 25 per cent will be extended for another three months and will now run until December.

The rebate on land tax and general rates will match half of the reduction in rent to a maximum of $2600 over six months, or $100 a week.

More than 750 landlords have applied for the scheme as of 13 August, the ACT Government confirmed.

“We understand this is a difficult time for many Canberrans, particularly those who have suffered a significant reduction in their income,” said ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay.

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“We are pleased so many landlords are taking advantage of these rebates so Canberrans who are struggling financially are not left without a home.

“However, I want to remind people that this is not a licence for tenants to completely forgo their rental obligations. If you are not impacted financially by COVID-19 and can pay your rent, then you are required to do so.”

The ACT Government also extended a moratorium on evictions in the Territory under financial duress due to COVID-19 until 22 October; has temporarily frozen rental increases; and prevented the ‘blacklisting’ of tenants who are unable to pay rent.

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“In addition to the moratorium on evictions for rental arrears, a COVID-19 impacted household can now terminate their agreement by providing their landlord with three weeks’ notice and evidence they have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Mr Ramsay.

“In these circumstances, tenants will not be charged a break-lease fee or be required to pay additional compensation. However, if they have fallen into rent arrears during the tenancy, this money would still be owed as a debt to their landlord.”

For information about tenant and landlord rights, and obligations during this period, visit the ACT Government’s COVID-19 fact sheet.

Tenants who need legal advice in relation to their living situation can also contact ACT Legal Aid on 1300 654 634.

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Lower Rates and Land Tax

ACT Government under Labor and assisted by the Greens always hates landlords.
Don’t invest in the ACT as its a waste of money. I feel sorry for renters when this Covid 19 stuff is over

I’m struggling to keep the rent increases up with rates and Land tax increases, let alone offer discounts out of my pocket to make the government feel good.

The ACT government is asking Landlords to subsidise their Covid-19 rental assistance program, with a very unattractive rebate to landlords. At lot of landlords are suffering as well, when are they going to recognise that.

Suffering? This is the time of modern serfdom.
You, their feudal lord, profits only from your tenants. Ask of yourself –if you dare– who is suffering more?
Tenants must enjoy the profits of their labours.
I’ve little sympathy for those who make their personal wealth from housing others only for profit.

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