The ACT Government has taken steps to help reduce the risks of homelessness and financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Attorney-General made the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Declaration 2021 (No 3) implementing a 12-week eviction moratorium, a post-moratorium transition period and related measures. The Declaration commences on 2 September 2021.
Key measures in the Declaration include but are not limited to:
- a 12-week moratorium on evictions for rent arrears for COVID-19 impacted households;
- preventing evictions of tenants currently serving quarantine by extending the period to vacate the premises and empowering the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) to suspend orders or stay warrants that are due to take effect during a tenant’s quarantine period;
- the ability for impacted households to end a fixed term tenancy early and without penalty by providing 3 weeks’ notice and evidence that they are impacted;
- social distancing measures:
- A requirement for inspections to be carried out by audio-visual or other electronic means unless an agreement is reached; and
- A relaxation on required timeframes for non-urgent repairs.
- a 12 week transitional period following the moratorium period which prevents evictions on the basis of debt accrued during the moratorium subject to certain conditions.
Additional information for tenants, occupants, landlords and grantors explaining how their rights and obligations are affected while the Declaration is in place can be found on the Justice and Community Safety website. You can access information at the websites below:
Information for landlords and agents: https://www.justice.act.gov.au/renting-and-occupancy-laws/information-landlords-and-agents-impacted-covid-19
Information for tenants and occupants: https://www.justice.act.gov.au/renting-and-occupancy-laws/information-tenants-and-occupants-impacted-covid-19