Further extension of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme now in effect

The Victorian Government’s further extension of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) until 28 March 2021 is now in effect.

Small business tenants seeking rent relief between 1 January 2021 and 28 March 2021 will need to apply to their landlord in writing with evidence of their eligibility as soon as possible, as a landlord is only required to provide rent relief from the date they do this.

If a tenant has already made a request and is seeking further rent relief for this extended period then they will need to make another request to their landlord supplying the required evidence.

This extension provides a continuation of the Scheme’s supports where:

  • commercial landlords are required to provide rent relief that matches their eligible tenant’s fall in turnover from the date the tenant applies with the required evidence
  • rent increases and evictions for tenants who have requested rent relief and provided evidence of eligibility are banned
  • tenants and landlords who can’t reach an agreement on rent relief can apply for free mediation with us to resolve their dispute
  • tenants can apply to us for a binding order for rent relief if their landlord fails to respond to us or does not engage in mediation in good faith.

You can access information about the Scheme, including the process, a letter for requesting rent relief, responses to frequently asked questions and how to apply for free mediation.