NSW Labor has called on the Berejiklian Government to extend New South Wales’ eviction moratorium to the end of 2020 to protect vulnerable tenants across the State.
Labor’s package to help renters through COVID-19 gave the Government the power to set up a $140 million rental hardship package.
Minister Kevin Anderson has refused to implement the package.
Around one third of people in NSW rent, and with only roughly 20% of landlords paying land tax, many mum and dad investors have been left behind by the Government’s inadequate package.
Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill said - “Renters in the Inner West are crying out for certainty – all they want to know is that they will have a roof over their head in October.”
“The Liberal Government has abandoned renters for years, failing to provide them with eviction protections, and now they won’t even extend the eviction moratorium in the middle of a health crisis.”
“Gladys Berejiklian has spent a lot of time during this pandemic telling people to stay home and stay safe. You can’t stay home and stay safe, if you don’t have a home.”
Yasmin Catley MP, NSW Labor Deputy Leader said - “Many people are still struggling to find work and pay the bills – they shouldn’t have to also worry that come October, they’ll be evicted from their home.”
“We have one of the most expensive rental markets in the world, people are struggling just to keep a roof over their heads.”
“The Berejiklian Government needs to immediately step up. They must extend the eviction moratorium and they must offer hardship payments to tenants and landlords, regardless of whether they pay land tax or not.”