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Rent increase, evictions banned in Victoria

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Evictions and rental price hikes will be banned across Victoria until at least the end of the year.

Treasurer Tim Pallas made the announcement on Thursday afternoon following news Victoria had recorded a further 240 coronavirus infections and 13 more deaths overnight.

“Nobody should be worried about losing a roof over their head right now – particularly given the circumstances around social distancing, “ he said.

“But also, the associated economic consequences of the pandemic event that the entire world is confronting. So we need to provide certainty to people who lose their homes or their businesses, and we need to help tenants and landlords find some common ground.

“That’s why we’re going to extend on evictions and rental increases the ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year.”

Under the extension, evictions will continue to be banned for residential and commercial tenants until December 31, unless in rare and specific circumstances.

While rental hikes will also continue to be banned until the end of the year also.

“Everyone in these difficult times needs to pull together,” Mr Pallas said.

“This is about making sure that we strike the right balance and that we also ensure that those who depend upon tenancy arrangements for their shelter, their homes, are provided with adequate safeguards.”

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