Published: April 2020

New guide for renters explains COVID-19 changes

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The Victorian Government has made temporary amendments to the operation of tenancy laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What the new laws change

The changes were introduced on 29 March 2020 and apply until 28 March 2021.

They include:

  • changes to evictions, including a ban on notices to vacate
  • a ban on rent increases
  • changes to when tenants can move out
  • changes to tenants’ obligations, if related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • restrictions on tenant database listing, if related to COVID-19
  • new protections for survivors of family violence
  • a new dispute resolution process for tenants and landlords.

For more information and answers to common questions about these temporary changes, visit our COVID-19 guide for renters.

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