This post covers common questions about renting and Coronavirus COVID-19. The Tenants’ Union of NSW is working hard to keep this information up to date, and we’ll add to this post as we have more to share. This post has been updated several times since we first published it in mid-March. Always, seek advice from your local Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service about your options – tenants.org.au/get-advice. The following does not constitute legal advice, and we are working fast so some errors may appear and later be corrected.
Not in NSW? There are services across the country who can help:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Can my landlord evict me during this crisis?
- Can my landlord continue with inspections, including open homes?
- I have lost income, what can I do?
- I’m trying to negotiate a rent reduction. My landlord wants a lot of personal info.
- Even if the landlord agreed to reduce rent, I can’t afford to continue renting this property. I would like to break my lease early and move out – can I do this?
- I’m having trouble with other household bills, what can I do?
- I am supposed to be at Tribunal, should I still go? What will happen to my case?
- I am an international student and affected by the travel ban. What can I do?
- I’m in public or community housing. Will my rent go up due to increasing social support payments?
- Does the COVID19 crisis change any of my rights or obligations?
- Can I move house during the current gathering/movement restrictions in NSW?
- I’m ok but I want to help my community. How can I do that?