Due to financial hardship I have applied for Victorian government rent relief grant. After arranging the rent reduction with my agent/landlord, my request for rent relief grant has been approved last week. However, it takes 14 days to deposit in my real estate agent account.
Government website states that "The payment will be made directly by the Department of Health and Human Services to your landlord or real estate agent as a credit towards your rental payments. The grant should be treated as a deposit amount to the rental balance and has the same effect as if you had made a rental payment." It also says that" The grant should not be used as a top-up for the landlord to make up the difference between the previous rent and the reduced rent agreed as part of a rent deduction."
From these two sentences I understood that the grant amount should be considered as my rent for coming months (up to $3000) and I no need to pay any rent to landlord.
Even after referring these messages to my real estate agent, still she is asking me to pay the reduced amount. I'm not sure if she is thinking (she may be correct also) that rent relief grant amount is compensate landlord's loss due to reduced agreement.
Here is the link for Government website:
Do I need to pay rent as per new agreement? Am I missing anything?
I also read on the same website that "If there is a credit at the end of a tenancy it should be credited back to the tenants as legislation requires." However, this message is missing after recent update. Is it still valid? ( If I get a job and if it demands to move to a new place).
I will appreciate your advice on this?