Tenants needing cash to replace damaged white goods, equipment and crucial household items can access support through a new scheme to help NSW residents impacted by flooding.

The $112 million scheme will ensure that both the tenant and landlord of a flood-damaged property can receive support.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the funding measures on Monday, 4 April. He said the government’s priority was getting people into safe housing.

“For those who have properties or homes that can be repaired, this grant can be the cash they need to make urgent repairs such as fixing roofs, making properties watertight, connecting back to electricity, and replacing furniture and fridges.”

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Who is eligible for the Back Home grants?

The new Back Home grants are available for residents and property owners in the Hawkesbury, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Tweed local government areas.

To be eligible for the grant, residents and property owners must be uninsured or unable to make insurance claims for their loss.

  • Landlords and owner-occupiers: Can receive up to $15,000 to repair and refit damaged homes
  • Tenants and owner-occupiers: Can access $5,000 to replace essential household items.

Landlords cannot claim the latter grant. A maximum payout of $20,000 is available for any one property.

The State Emergency Service (SES) must have assessed the home as damaged, destroyed or uninhabitable.

Grants are only available to those who have not received the means-tested Disaster Relief Grant.

The grants will go live in the coming weeks. Applicants can find out more and register to be notified via the NSW Government website. Check out the Back Home grant section under Emergency financial support for people affected by floods.

Where can the grant funds be used?

The funds can go towards any clean-up costs to restore housing to a habitable condition, such as:           

  • Inspection and safe reconnection of utilities. This can include electrical, gas, water, hot water and sewerage equipment not otherwise the responsibility of utility companies; 
  • Necessary replacement or repairs to damaged essential household goods such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and microwaves;
  • Necessary replacement or repairs to damaged equipment such as computers and tools;
  • Replacing other essential household contents;
  • Moving to a new property;
  • Necessary structural repairs including roof, flooring, walls, fittings (owner-occupier/owner).

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