Landlords can either accept a tenant`s reduced tenancy application or negotiate a reasonable alternative with the tenant. Owners may face personal and financial problems due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Landlords should be aware of a rent reduction they can afford if they are considering any assistance: the rent reduction process is fair and accessible, but tenants and landlords can still choose to get help to reach an agreement. Contact Consumer Affairs Victoria for information and advice, or receive support for services such as one: However, rent reductions due to lower market conditions are generally considered permanent. For example, if a tenant is at risk of being evacuated because a similar unit rents elsewhere nearby for less and the landlord reduces the rent for a period of time to encourage the tenant to stay, this reduction becomes permanent regardless of a rent supplement or a contract between the landlord and the tenant that is otherwise indicated. A rental agreement or rent reduction agreement must be submitted to Consumer Affairs Victoria before the tenant and lessor have access to the rent reduction grant. This is a one-time payment of $3,000 for tenants who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The grant is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant. If the tenant and lessor fail to reach an agreement as part of the mediation process, the Chief Dispute Resolution Officer for residential rents may adopt a binding dispute resolution decision. The order can: Tenants who are in need should not accept rent deferrals. CAV will work with tenants and landlords to help them secure a rent reduction agreement.
The goal is to provide a quick service so that both parties have certainty. With information provided by tenants and landlords, CAV will attempt to reach an agreement that will share the financial burden. Record all the chords you reach. You must agree on whether you can refund the residue later or not. You don`t agree with refunds that you can`t afford. New laws have introduced the Tenancies Residential Dispute Resolution Regime (RTDRS). The program offers a free telephone service and is part of the plan to help tenants get a reasonable rent reduction, even if the landlord disagrees. A reduction in rent is permanent and cannot be reinstated if a new agreement is reached between the parties at a lower rent due to market conditions.