We’ve seen first-hand the importance of supporting Victorian renters to negotiate rent reduction agreements with their landlords and avoid eviction, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the announcement of a temporary ‘eviction moratorium’.
That’s why we’ve relaunched Dear Landlord – a self-help tool that can identify what actions you need to take, guide you through the process, and provide the necessary resources and information to help you stay in your home.
Under the current laws, you can still request a rent reduction until 28 March 2021. From 29 March 2021, new renting laws will come into effect. This means if you fall behind in rent due to COVID-19, your landlord can take steps to evict you.
If you’re struggling to pay rent, Dear Landlord can help you negotiate a rent reduction with your landlord before 29 March 2021. From 29 March 2021, new renting laws will come into effect which means if you fall behind in rent due to COVID-19 your landlord can take steps to evict you.
Dear Landlord can help you to take early, proactive steps if you’ve been affected by COVID–19 and you are struggling to pay rent. Simply answer a few questions and Dear Landlord will help determine the best way forward, whether that’s helping you draft a rent reduction letter to your landlord, contacting Consumer Affairs Victoria to help negotiate a rent reduction, getting tips for mediation, appearing at VCAT, or ending a lease.
Dear Landlord can help you if:
Ph: 03 8636 4408 / 1800 606 313 (free from landlines)
Ph: 03 9416 2577
Victoria Legal Aid
Ph: 1300 792 387
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
Ph: 03 9418 5999
Some community legal centres provide legal help with tenancy matters.
Find your local community legal centre on the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) website.
Social workers can provide one-on-one support when you’re going through a difficult time. Contact your local community service or local Council to find out what support services may be available to you.
Find your local Tenancy Assistance and Advocacy Program provider on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
For public and community housing tenants
Find your local Tenancy Plus support provider online.
If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness call the Victorian Statewide Homelessness Support Line on 1800 825 955. If you call during the day you will be connected to your nearest homelessness entry service. If you call outside of business hours, you will be connected to an after-hours service.