The support available for tenants and landlords affected by the COVID-19 lockdown also includes a freeze on evictions.
It is important managing agents are aware of the new rules on evictions for COVID-19 impacted tenants and help to make claims for financial assistance, where appropriate.
Agents who don’t do this, may:
- Be in breach of their obligations under the Property and Stock Agents Act which requires acting in the interests of their clients, or
- Negatively impact the landlord’s rights to later recovery of the premises or arrears. In proceedings for these matters, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal must consider whether a landlord has entered an arrears negotiation process and whether an application for financial assistance has been made.
More information on the support package, eligibility and how tenants and landlords can work together during this time is available on the NSW Fair Trading website.