Hidden financial aid for struggling tenants during Sydney’s coronavirus lockdown

Frustrated politician takes to TikTok to reveal ‘hidden’ financial aid available to tenants during lockdown – here’s what you need to know

  • Labor’s Rose Jackson revealed how Sydneysiders can pause rent for 60 days
  • The move is part of the NSW government’s stimulus measures during the lockdown
  • Tenants who have lost their jobs due to restrictions should contact their landlord


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A frustrated politician has taken to TikTok to reveal a little-known financial information that could be critical to tenants.

Labor’s Rose Jackson posted the clip featuring an infographic from the NSW state government on financial support from Covid.

“Don’t be put off by the image, it contains very important information, especially if you are a tenant in Greater Sydney,” said Mrs. Jackson.

Rose Jackson (pictured) is a Labor politician who serves in the NSW Parliament and highlighted the little-known tenant support measure

Rose Jackson (pictured) is a Labor politician who serves in the NSW Parliament and highlighted the little-known tenant support measure

‘If you miss out on income due to the lockdown. If you’re a temporary worker or the shop where you work is something like that closed, you should immediately inform your landlord if you can’t pay the rent,” she explains.

“Because (landlords) can’t evict you for 60 days (if you can’t pay the rent) and there is financial support available to you to cover the rent you can’t pay.”

The clip has been viewed by more than 500,000 people and many have asked for the money to be paid back after the two-month period.

‘Yes. But if it gives you some breathing room to sort something out,’ Mrs. Jackson replied.

“This is also why you should talk to your landlord about a rent reduction or payment plan – they are required to mediate options,” she added.

Sydney is in the midst of a prolonged lockdown, leaving many businesses struggling with people staying at home (Photo: Sydney's CBD in August)

Sydney is in the midst of a prolonged lockdown, leaving many businesses struggling with people staying at home (Photo: Sydney's CBD in August)

Sydney is in the midst of a prolonged lockdown, leaving many businesses struggling with people staying at home (Photo: Sydney’s CBD in August)

The eviction ban was introduced in July in response to Sydney’s extended lockdown to contain the Covid Delta outbreak that began in mid-June.

The letting industry praised the measures – with the Property Council saying landlords were ‘again acting to play their part’.

Acting NSW Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Lauren Conceicao called the NSW government’s stimulus response “sensible and proportionate.”

In addition to the 60-day rent break for struggling tenants, a series of other support measures were announced.

Mrs Jackson (pictured with husband) is a member of the upper house of the NSW government

Mrs Jackson (pictured with husband) is a member of the upper house of the NSW government

Mrs Jackson (pictured with husband) is a member of the upper house of the NSW government

Covid disaster pay of between $375 and $750 per week for those who have lost their jobs – depending on the number of hours they are not working compared to 2019.

Landlords who offer rent reductions to tenants can receive tax benefits in the form of discounts on land taxes.

Businesses with revenues between $75,000 and $250 million a year can also get help if the lockdown has reduced their business by 30 percent.

The payments are between $1,500 and $100,000 per week depending on payroll, while sole proprietors can get $1,000 per week.

Sydney is in the midst of a lockdown that is unlikely to be lifted until vaccination targets are met.

There were 1035 new local infections in NSW on Saturday.

But Health Minister Brad Hazzard says a record 61,778 people also received a vaccine at state centers and another 94,387 from GPs and pharmacists in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Friday night.

Sydneysiders struggling during lockdown can claim government payments (Photo: Sydney West in August)

Sydneysiders struggling during lockdown can claim government payments (Photo: Sydney West in August)

Sydneysiders struggling during lockdown can claim government payments (Photo: Sydney West in August)

How do you claim the payments or rent freeze if you lose work?

Those who want to claim the 60-day rental break should talk to their landlords.

Additional details are on NSW Fair Trading.

Australians who lose more than 20 hours of work per week can claim a disaster benefit of $750 from the federal government, and those who lose less than 20 hours can claim $450.

To claim the money you will need an online Centrelink account linked to your myGov. It’s easy to set these up.

After logging in, you will be asked some questions about your situation to see if you qualify.

Officials need to know if you’ve lived or worked in a Covid-19 hotspot that has been shut down or has restricted movement.

Once you have submitted your claim, hit submit and the officials will process it for you.

No need to call them, they will text you when you have successfully submitted your claim.

If you qualify, officials will make a payment to your bank account and send you a letter with the details.

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