Individuals and incorporated entities that meet the program eligibility criteria may apply for a grant.
To be eligible for the grant under this program ($6,000 per tenancy), landlords must:
- be a small landlord with total taxable landholdings of less than $3 million, including part holdings but excluding principal place of residence, or where a property is held on trust, the total taxable landholdings of the trust must be less than $3 million;
- be an owner and landlord of the property for which an application is made;
- be a landlord that has made a rent relief agreement with their tenant(s) under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in operation between 28 July 2021 and 15 January 2022; and
- be an Australian citizen, resident or Australian incorporated entity.
To be eligible for acute hardship consideration ($10,000 grant per tenancy), small landlords must meet the eligibility criteria shown immediately above and also provide additional application evidence, including:
- a full copy (of all pages) of one of the following documents to confirm the property location and land value, including a 2021 SRO Land Tax Assessment Notice for landholdings of $250,000 to $3 million, a 2021-22 Municipal Rates Notice for landholdings up to $250,000, or a 2021-22 Municipal Rates Notice for property purchased during 2021.
- a copy of the lease agreement in place before the tenant's request for rent relief, showing the total dollar amount of monthly rent (excl. GST), tenant's contact details and Australian Business Number (ABN).
- submit a landlord acceptance letter, showing details of the agreed rent relief, including the rent relief start and end dates, a total dollar amount of monthly rent (excl. GST) and percentage(s) of rent waived and rent deferred (if any).
- provide proof of identity, including one of the following; a Driver Licence, Medicare Card, Australian Visa or Australian Passport.
- submit a letter from a qualified agent (ie. accountant or tax agent) that includes confirmation that commercial rent represents at least 70% of their total gross annual income for the 2019-20 financial year, and the landlord is neither an owner occupier nor a related party of the tenant.
Landlords will be required to attest that:
- the information provided in the application is true and correct;
- they hold the written consent of the tenant(s) to provide business and contact details; and
- commercial rent represents more than 50% of their total gross annual income for the 2019-20 financial year.
There is no proof of Victorian residency required to apply for this grant, however applicants must be an Australian citizen or resident.