The Tasmanian Government has established the COVID-19 Residential Rent Relief Grant as a one-off payment paid directly to landlords (or their agents) who have entered into an approved temporary rent reduction agreement with their tenant to keep tenants securely housed in their principle place of residence.
Who is eligible for the Residential Rent Relief Grant?
In order to apply for the COVID-19 Residential Rent Relief Grant you must meet set eligibility requirements.
You must be:
- Renting or boarding in the private market
- Your portion of the rent is more than 30 per cent of your gross income
- In financial hardship because of COVID-19 e.g loss of income
- Have less than $5,000 in total savings
If you meet the eligibility requirements, please proceed to How to apply.
How do I apply for Residential Rent Relief Grant?
Step 1: Negotiations with your landlord and completing the application:
If you meet the above eligibility criteria, please download the form below and contact your real estate agent/landlord to discuss a reduction in rent.
Once there has been an agreed negotiation please complete sections A-D on the application form with your real estate/landlord. This form allows you to have your negotiation in writing and advises what documents you need to supply. If you cannot meet the requirements of eligibility or supply all required documents, we will be unable to proceed.
Only once this form has been completed and ALL documents are acquired, please move to Stage 2.
Stage 2: Assessing Eligibility through Housing Connect
Please email email@example.com the Residential Rent Relief Application Form with section A-D Completed and ALL other supporting documents advised on the application form. Alternatively, submit your application and supporting documents through the contact form below.
If you have any questions or cannot email the form/all supporting documentation through, please contact 1800 800 588 for information and alternative application options.
Once your application is received a Housing Connect worker will be in touch to discuss your eligibility and advise next steps.
Step 3: Department of Justice Approval
If your application and documents are assessed by Housing Connect as eligible, your application form will be sent to the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice will then approve or decline the application within two business days, and they will notify both the landlord and tenants of the outcome.