My question, to the Consumer Affairs Minister, relates to a Benalla landlord who is losing tens of thousands of dollars because of the changed renting laws during the COVID period.
The landlord is incurring this loss because they have been rendered powerless, practically, to evict recalcitrant tenants who have been largely refusing to pay their rent without any valid basis for doing so.
Despite being formally ordered (twice) by VCAT to pay all their rent, these tenants have simply given the agent two weeks’ rent and then ceased paying anything again. Police also won’t enforce the relevant eviction order, citing Victoria’s COVID-related eviction moratorium.
I therefore seek the Minister’s urgent advice about what can and will be done for landlords (and agents) who are now completely unable to compel tenants to leave a property let alone to pay what they owe.