The temporary COVID-19 rental eviction moratorium ended on 26 March 2021. The moratorium was introduced to limit when tenants could be evicted due to rental arrears resulting from COVID-19.
Transitional measures for COVID-19 impacted tenants
A six-month transition out of the temporary moratorium began on 27 March 2021.
During the transition period, standard tenancy eviction rules will not apply to COVID-19 impacted tenants who accrued rent arrears between April 2020 and 26 March 2021 (the moratorium period). Until 26 September 2021, transitional measures will apply.
What does this mean for tenants?
If you were impacted by COVID-19 and were unable to pay some of your rent or other charges during the moratorium period, you should contact your landlord to try to agree on a plan to repay that money. Any existing agreements between you and your landlord about waivers or rent deferrals will not be affected by the end of the moratorium or the transitional measures.
COVID-19 impacted tenants are permanently protected from being listed on tenancy databases for arrears accrued during the moratorium period.
If you were not impacted by COVID-19 or you accrued rental arrears after 26 March 2021, your landlord may be able to terminate your tenancy under standard tenancy eviction rules.
To understand how the transitional measures may affect your tenancy agreement, see the flowchart on the termination of tenancies after the COVID-19 moratorium.
For more information on the transitional period and the eligibility requirements to be a COVID-19 impacted tenant during the tenancy moratorium period, visit the Fair Trading website.