Queensland residential tenants are facing uncertain times with the end of the eviction moratorium that has been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The Catholic Leader.
As of September 30, Queensland residential tenants are no longer protected from the eviction moratorium that was introduced to prevents tenants and residents in "COVID hardship" from being evicted for rent arrears. All other states have extended the moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia through to March.
Queensland Council of Social Service and Tenants Queensland called for the moratorium to be extended to help renters still affected by the pandemic. More than 30 other organisations including health workers, homelessness services, unions and community groups signed the letter including Anglicare, Lifeline, DVConnect and the Salvation Army were among them.
“The decision not to extend the eviction moratorium has real consequences for Queenslanders who are watching their worst nightmares come true,” the letter states.
The St Vincent de Paul Society was not a signatory to the letter but is ready to support Queenslanders facing tough times during the pandemic.
“I guess it’s disappointing that this is the position the Queensland Government has taken, considering the other states and the extensions they’ve offered,” the Society’s Queensland chief Kevin Mercer said.
“However, I think we’ve also got to realise that at some point these things have to come to an end, and we’ve got to work, then, together to help Queenslanders doing it tough and support people through this.”
Mr Mercer said Vinnies knew “it’s going to be very challenging for some people”. “And that’s what the Society’s here to do, is to help people through those difficult times,” he said.
Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times (By Peter Bugden, The Catholic Leader)