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Landlords will be BANNED from evicting tenants who can't afford to pay their rent amid coronavirus economic crunch

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/03/2020 Brittany Chain

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Australian landlords won't be allowed to evict tenants as part of a rental rescue package aimed at protecting those struggling throughout the coronavirus crisis.

State governments are reportedly working on the interventions to protect the eight million Aussies in rental homes. 

Meanwhile, the federal government is reportedly considering income tax cuts for landlords who reduce the rental amount that tenants must pay.

Pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Australia

The Australian Financial Review cited sources on Thursday as saying state and federal treasurers were discussing the idea as a way of providing relief for renters struggling with personal finances amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The AFR reported that under the option property investors would need to waive or reduce rents and in turn pay less income tax.

a sign in front of a brick building: Australian landlords won't be allowed to evict tenants as part of a rental rescue package aimed at protecting those struggling throughout the coronavirus crisis © Provided by Daily Mail Australian landlords won't be allowed to evict tenants as part of a rental rescue package aimed at protecting those struggling throughout the coronavirus crisis a group of people walking down the street: On Wednesday alone, some 280,000 people indicated they would need financial assistance from Centrelink. Pictured: People lining up for a Centrelink office on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail On Wednesday alone, some 280,000 people indicated they would need financial assistance from Centrelink. Pictured: People lining up for a Centrelink office on Monday A similar plan will likely be introduced to protect small business owners who cannot pay their rent due to forced closures under social distancing restrictions. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed the measures in a national cabinet meeting with state and territory leaders on Wednesday night.

It is likely any rescue packages will be announced in the coming days. 

Tenants would need to prove they were suffering hardship as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis in order to avoid being evicted. 

a group of people standing in front of a building © Provided by Daily Mail a close up of text on a black background: There have been 2,431 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia since February, including nine deaths © Provided by Daily Mail There have been 2,431 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia since February, including nine deaths

On Wednesday alone, some 280,000 people indicated they would need financial assistance from Centrelink. 

Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Australians have been left jobless as a result of Mr Morrison's tough stance on flattening the curve of the virus.

The prime minister closed pubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas and gyms earlier in the week before adding beauticians and food courts to the closures from Wednesday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he understood the need to protect tenants during this difficult time - but didn't want to see landlords who still have to pay their mortgages suffer as a result. 

He said Mr Morrison would 'take you through all of that' when the relief package was announced. 


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