June 18, 2020
Rent arrears scheme extended but evictions now allowed
As COVID-19 restrictions on terminating tenancies come to an end, the Government is extending and increasing a scheme to support people at risk of being evicted because they are unable to pay rent.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Housing Minister, Kris Faafoi says it means people can stay in their homes while they pay any arrears built up during the lockdown.
The support is available for a range of people including those who are working.
Rent Arrears Assistance was introduced last November to give people financial support to pay back-rent.
The government is using COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds to double the amount people can receive and make it easier for people to apply.
Mr Faafoi said because there are no longer any restrictions on movement and gatherings, and it was no longer necessary to restrict tenancy terminations.
This means the usual termination rules will apply from June 26.
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