JUST HOME Margaret River Inc.

A grassroots movement for housing justice in the Augusta Margaret River region.

COVID 19 Update 01.05.2020

Just Home meetings will be via telephone or skype, unless there is a special need to have an apointment in person. You can phone Katie on 0431 150  836 or Petrina on 0483 061 849, text or email to request an appointment time. housingofficer@justhome.org.au, petrina@justhome.org.au If you don’t have access to a phone or computer the Margaret River Community Center may be able to help, they are open Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 33 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River.

For those who are already on Centrelink payments and experiencing homelessness or housing stress, please call the Just Home Advocacy officer to make an appointment time, please be patient as there may be a large number of people trying to contact one worker.

Current advice is available online at https://www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information and free legal advice on your individual situation is available at http://www.tenancywa.org.au/

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please call the Margaret River Community Center and depending on your financial situation they can help with utility bills and food vouchers, please call or visit for more information 9757 3200 Monday to Friday 9am-1pm.

Just Home may be able to support you if you are currently experiencing housing stress, homelessness and requiring accommodation if you are eligible to our criteria as we have limited funds. We will update you via Facebook and our website as changes occur. Thank you for your patience in this unprecedented time of stress.

Tenant and landlord financial support during COVID 19

 

For residential tenants and landlords;

There are grants of up to $2,000 for residential tenants who have lost their job and are facing financial hardship. This assistance will help to preserve tenancies by helping eligible tenants continue to pay rent, and will reduce the risk of exposing landlords to financial hardship in meeting their mortgage obligations.

Under the scheme, grants equivalent to four-weeks’ rent up to a maximum of $2,000 will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord, to contribute to the tenant’s rental payments. The grants will be provided in addition to rental reductions negotiated between tenants and landlords.

The residential rent relief grants will be administered through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), with applications opening from May 1, 2020.

The scheme will be available to tenants or sub-tenants who have lost their job, applied to Centrelink for income support, have less than $10,000 in savings, and are still paying at least 25 per cent of their income in rent. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit http://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/covidrenting   

For commerical landlords;

There is a new package for land tax relief grants to be paid to commercial landlords.  To be eligible, commercial landlords must provide rent relief that equates to a minimum of three months’ rent and freeze outgoings to small businesses that have suffered at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to COVID-19.

Grants equivalent to 25 per cent of the landlord’s land tax bill for 2019 20 for the property in which an eligible tenant is provided relief will be paid to landlords.

The commercial rent relief grants will be administered through the Small Business Development Corporation, with applications opening May 1, 2020. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

These support packages complement the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March 30, 2020, and the $25 million small business rent relief package announced last month. 

 

Sourced from https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/new-1545-million-relief-package-support-tenants-landlords-and-construction-industry

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The rent in Margaret River is so expensive and it’s hard to find small houses to suit singles or couples. Most of the rentals available are 4 bed 2 bathroom, too big for many people… something needs to be done. I can’t afford to live here. ’

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