Rent relief grant for WA

If you’re facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, rent support and arrears grants are on offer.

On Friday, 25 June, the WA Government announced an extension to the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS).

Announcement highlights:

  • Rent support or rent arrears grants on offer
  • The scheme, which has already supported thousands of tenants, has been extended until 31 December 2021
  • Previous applicants can re-apply

The scheme was due to close on 28 June 2021, but the program will now be extended to 31 December 2021.

“This extension will assist struggling tenants with a residential tenancy agreement in place on 28 June 2021 and provide an incentive for landlords to maintain existing tenancies,” the announcement read.

The existing scheme has so far made more than $11.6 million worth of grant payments to WA tenants.

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Rent support grants

If you’re facing a significant rent increase and need financial assistance to meet your rent payments, rent support grants are available.

These grants are capped at $2,000 per tenancy, and your landlord must agree to a lease of at least six months.

Rent arrears assistance grants

Do you need help paying a current outstanding rent debt? If you incurred this debt before 1 December 2020, rent arrears assistance grants for 75% of rent arrears are available.

These grants of up to $4,000 will be paid directly to eligible landlords.

In return, the landlord and tenant must enter into a minimum six-month long lease agreement.

What you need to know about the grants

Some applicants may be eligible for both rent arrears assistance and rent support. However, it’s not possible to receive both grants.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for both grants, the processing officer will calculate which grant is of greatest benefit, and this will be paid to your landlord on your behalf.

If you previously applied for the grant, you can apply again under the extended scheme, subject to eligibility criteria.

For further eligibility information, head to the Commerce WA website and read about the COVID-19 rent grant.

Commerce Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the scheme has already made around 8,300 grant payments to date.

“This final round of the scheme will continue to provide targeted assistance for tenants in financial hardship, who may be finding it hard to cope with rent increases and maintain their tenancies, including those who rely on Centrelink as a primary income,” she said.

“The Western Australian economy is performing strongly, but it remains important to continue to offer this scheme to those still in need of assistance as we transition towards the end of the State’s COVID-19 roadmap.”

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