What is the eligibility criteria for the grant?
- The grant may be paid where:
- A residential tenant is receiving Commonwealth JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, has less than $5,000 in savings and is paying more than 30% of their current income in rent (a tenant is defined as being in rental hardship if this criteria is met); and
- The landlord provides rent relief to the tenant(s) within the period from 30 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 (inclusive).
- A revised rental agreement (or other evidence to substantiate the provision of reduced rent) needs to be provided as part of the application process.
Does a payment plan qualify as rent relief?
- No, deferrals of rent and instalment plans do not qualify as rent relief under this scheme. A landlord must provide a genuine (i.e. not repayable) rent reduction to a tenant in rental hardship to be considered eligible for the purposes of this scheme.
How is the 30% rental hardship calculation done?
- The calculation is based on the weekly rent payable under the original/existing rental agreement expressed as a percentage of a tenant’s current weekly gross income.
How much is the grant?
- The grant is capped at $1,000 per household for a landlord who provides at least this amount of rent relief to their tenant(s) in rental hardship within the period from 30 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 (inclusive).
- If the landlord has provided rent relief to their tenant(s) in rental hardship of less than $1,000, a grant equal to the amount of rent relief may be provided.
Who receives the grant?
- The landlord or agent acting on their behalf receives the grant directly if all eligibility criteria are met.
- The tenant(s) benefit through the reduction in rent payable to the landlord.
Who can apply?
- Tenants who meet the eligibility criteria and can demonstrate that they have received or will receive rent relief within the period from 30 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can apply.
Why can’t a landlord or agent apply?
- Tenants must submit personal information and supporting evidence to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. Tenants must also consent to the Government verifying this evidence.
Are multi-tenanted properties with shared or individual leasing arrangements eligible?
- Yes, all tenants with their name on the rental agreement may apply under this scheme.
- Each tenant will need to apply separately and will be individually assessed against the eligibility criteria. The requirement for each tenant to apply separately is due to Centrelink restrictions on the sharing of personal information such as customer reference numbers.
- The value of the grant associated with each eligible tenant is calculated on the value of rent relief provided to the household but pro-rated for tenants that meet all other eligibility criteria required under the scheme.
- A landlord may therefore receive more than one grant for a property. The maximum grant per property (for all tenants) is $1,000.
Is the grant available for sub-leasing arrangements?
- The grant can be available if there is a formal sub-leasing and rent reduction agreement in place and all other eligibility criteria are met.
- The grant can be payable on either the head-lease or sub-lease but not both.
- The grant is capped at $1,000 per household consistent with other rental arrangements.
Do tenants need to be Australian citizens under the scheme?
- No, tenants must be in receipt of the JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments to be eligible under the scheme and these Commonwealth payments can be provided to non-Australian citizens if other residency requirements are met.
- JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments are also available for holders of permanent visas and special category visas. More information is provided here:
Are South Australian Housing Authority tenants eligible?
- No, the grant is aimed at providing support to private landlords and tenants. For those experiencing rental hardship in public housing, contact Housing SA on 131 299.
Do landlords need to repay the grant?
- No, the grant is intended to encourage and support the provision of rent relief to tenants in rental hardship and does not operate as a loan repayable to the Government.
Is a tenant obligated to apply for the grant?
- No, a tenant is not under any obligation to apply for the grant. However, the grant supports the provision of rent relief that either has or will be provided in good faith to the tenant by the landlord.
- While the tenant is responsible for completing the application, landlords are encouraged to assist the tenant(s) with any relevant information including lease documentation etc.
Are there any other conditions?
- Applicants will be subject to audit by the Government of South Australia or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence at the request of the Government for a period of two years after the grant has been approved.
- If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.
- The grants will be provided to successful applicants by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by DHS in its absolute discretion.
- To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to a declaration about the information they supply in the application. DHS will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.
Where can queries about the grant be directed?
- Any questions relating to the grant or the application process can be forwarded to RRRS@sa.gov.au.