The Queensland Government has announced the COVID-19 Rental Grant for Queenslanders who need it the most and have exhausted all other options. The announcement comes as a welcome relief to renters who will find rent payments difficult in the coming weeks due to job losses.
“The COVID-19 Rental Grant is a one-off payment of up to 4 weeks rent (maximum of $2000) available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who do not have access to other financial assistance. The grant is paid directly to your lessor.”
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
you live in Queensland
you have, or will shortly have, a bond registered with the Residential Tenancies Authority
you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have a temporary or permanent protection visa or possess a bridging visa
you do not have more than $10,000 in cash and savings
you can provide evidence of attempts to negotiate a payment plan with your lessor
you have lost your job and have applied to Centrelink for income support
you are waiting for your application with Centrelink to be approved.
If you have more questions about your application and the assistance available to you, please contact the Residential Tenancies Authority on 1800 497 161 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday).
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