Support for Renters, Landlords, Consumers & Business

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We have received an update from Consumer and Business Services detailing how they propose to support renters, landlords, consumers and business during COVID-19.

We have identified some key points in the update for our clients:

 

SUPPORT FOR LANDLORDS & TENANTS

The State Government has proposed some initiatives aimed at helping residential tenants and landlords whose incomes have been affected by COVID-19.

If passed, the proposed legislation includes a short-term moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent due to severe rental distress as a result of COVID-19, and preventing landlords from increasing rent.

This measure can be expected to be in effect for the duration of the declared emergency period.

 

CONTRACTS, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Restrictions due to COVID-19 have impacted a number of consumer contracts  - e.g. gym membership, travel, restaurant bookings for parties and weddings.

You should check the terms and conditions of their contract to see whether it covers a pandemic event.

 

HOSPITALITY

Several initiatives are available to support liquor licence holders while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. These include:

  • waiving annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-21 for various liquor licence categories
  • licensees who hold a restaurant and cateringresidentialsmall venueclub or on premises licence can apply for a short-term licence - at no fee - so they can sell alcohol for takeaway or delivery with meals.
  • clubs can also apply to sell liquor to their members for takeaway.

 

BUYING, BUILDING OR RENOVATING A NEW HOME

If you're looking to buy a home you'll notice some changes due to COVID-19;

  • Auctions and open house inspections are prohibited,
  • Virtual open inspections and private appointments for inspection can still be made,
  • Licensed builders and tradespeople can continue to trade but should be mindful of SA Health advice to business and industry

 

ASSOCIATIONS

Some associations may find it difficult to comply with the legal requirement around holding Annual General Meetings, given the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

Where technology can be used, associations may wish to consider holding a 'virtual' AGM (e.g. online or via teleconference).