COVID-19: NT Help with paying your rent

Updated: 2 February 2021

Key points

  • The exact details of rent relief available for residential tenants varies by State but some of the broad principles are consistent across the country
  • In most states some of the protection for tenants is starting to be wound back
  • Tenants and landlords have been encouraged to discuss circumstances and negotiate arrangements between them where ever possible
  • In most states tenants are encouraged to continue to pay their rent where they can and in most cases if they cannot pay their rent the rent arrears become a debt that is owed to the landlord
  • Many states have implemented some kind of land tax reduction or deferral for landlords that support tenants that are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • There are some other rent assistance schemes available such as the Federal Governments Rent Assistance benefit and some schemes that operate at a state level

Rent Relief in the Northern Territory

If you are suffering financial hardship discuss your situation with your landlordDiscuss your situation with your landlord
Early termination of your rental agreementYou can apply to NTCAT to have your rental agreement terminated
Termination for non payment of rentIf you are suffering financial hardship because of COVID-19 and have demonstrated this to your landlord the landlord cannot give notice of termination for non payment of rent until the rent is in arrears for 60 days and must give the tenant 60 days to remedy the ‘breach’

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This summary has been prepared by MoneyBrilliant Pty Ltd (AFSL 492711, ACL 493068). The information in this summary is of a factual nature only. We are not suggesting or recommending that you take any particular course of action in relation to any financial product or service. It does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives. If you need financial advice or taxation advice you should seek advice from a licensed financial adviser or tax agent. You may also be able to access additional information from the websites of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the relevant product providers.

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