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Coronavirus: How some landlords are helping tenants get through the tough time

Marcel Dybner
by Marcel Dybner
March 25, 2020

White knight Melbourne landlords are offering to reduce or suspend rental payments indefinitely as a growing pool of tenants face being unable to afford their homes amid the coronavirus crisis.

Besser + Co head of property management Marcel Dybner said while he’d also been hearing from some anxious tenants, he’d been flooded with calls from “panicked landlords” who were losing their jobs and whose properties had mortgages and “a lot of debt” attached to them.

“We’re waiting to see what the government offers (in terms of stimulus), after that we’ll give advice,” Mr Dybner said.

Tuesday night’s national cabinet meeting was due to consider reforms to protect renters — with ideas including a moratorium on evictions, more flexibility for payments and relief from utility bills.

Tenants Victoria last week called for a temporary ban on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing tenants were “at greater risk” of contracting the virus if they lost their homes.

To discuss your rental property, please contact Marcel Dybner on 0401 062 523.

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