The land tax discount has doubled from 25 to 50% for eligible landlords, under new measures announced by the Victorian Government.

The land tax relief is for eligible landlords who have provided rent relief to tenants impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This discount comes as part of the Government’s Support to Landlords and Tenants package.

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How do I qualify for the land tax discount?

To be eligible for a reduction on your property’s 2020 land tax, you must have reduced the rent for your tenants, or not be able to secure a tenant because of the pandemic.

You must have also given your tenants a rent reduction of 50% or more to qualify for the full 50% discount.

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

My property is tenanted

  • You must provide your tenant with rent relief that is consistent with the Victorian Government’s Support to Landlords and Tenants package.
  • Your tenant’s ability to pay their normal rent must be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If your tenant is residential, the agreement must be a tenancy agreement, a specialist disability agreement or a site agreement.
  • Your land tax relief is limited to the amount of rent you waive (and don’t require the tenant to pay at a later date) unless the rent relief is the outcome of an approved mediation process.

My property is not tenanted

  • Your property must have been tenanted under an eligible residential in March 2020, or was the subject of an executed lease agreement in March 2020, which the tenant did not fulfil.
  • Your property must have subsequently been vacant for a continuous period of three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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PREPARE YOUR INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE

My property is tenanted

For residential property, you must prepare information/evidence including:

  • The lease agreement or written evidence of the arrangement that exists between you and your tenant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Written evidence of the rent reduction or rent waiver that occurred as a result of the impact of the pandemic.
  • If the reduced rental amount is the result of mediation, a copy of the mediation agreement.
  • Any other evidence to support your claim.

My property is not tenanted

  • The date the property was vacant and became available for rent.
  • The advertised rental amount and date of advertisement (if applicable)
  • A copy of the property advertisement. This can be a screenshot from online media or a PDF (if applicable).
  • Exclusive managing and leasing authority agreement with the real estate agent or property manager (if applicable).
  • A description of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your ability to secure a tenant.
  • Any other evidence to support your claim.

APPLY VIA MY LAND TAX

As a result of the further COVID-19 land tax relief measures announced by the Victorian Government on August 20, applications are temporarily suspended while the system is updated with the additional relief measures. The application system will open again shortly.

For now, register for My Land Tax and subscribe to land tax updates and you’ll be notified when applications can be lodged.

What are the next steps?

Once you’ve submitted your application via My Land Tax, and any further eligibility conditions are settled, it will be reviewed.

If your application is allowed, Victoria’s State Revenue Office will automatically defer payment of any outstanding land tax from your 2020 assessment up to 31 March, 2021.