COVID-19 - Client Update 01/10/2020

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COVID-19 - Client Update 01/10/2020

01/10/2020 - Moratorium on Evictions ends as from 29 September 2020,

We have received confirmation that the COVID-19 Moratorium on Evictions has ended on the 29th of September, this means that : 

    • No longer required to offer a fixed term agreement extension for COVID-19 impacted tenants, a tenancy can now be ended via standard tenancy regulations (Found here RTA Link to Ending a Tenancy
    • Fixed term tenancies can no longer be ended without grounds (owner occupation and sale of premises which require vacant possession)
    • There are no adjusted rent or bond processes that support parties to negotiate arrangements to manage COVID-19 impacts on their tenancies
    • The condition for mandatory conciliation of COVID-19 related tenancy disputes through the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has now been removed

However there are still some parts of the COVID Emergency Response that will remain. I will list these below : 

    • provisions allowing tenants experiencing domestic and family violence to end their tenancies quickly
    • protections for tenants against being listed in a tenancy database for rent arrears caused by COVID-19 impacts
    • limits on reletting costs for eligible tenants who end their fixed term tenancies early
    • entry restrictions and requirements to support COVID-19 social distancing measures
    • relaxed repair and maintenance obligations.

There are a number of Questions answered around this change which can be found on The Hub here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/the-hub/covid-19-tenancy-update