Could Netflix, UberEats habits thwart your rent reduction?

first_img How to turn coronavirus isolation into gardening bliss The Residential Tenancies Practice Guide – outlining how landlords and tenants will manage tenancies throughout the COVID-19 crisis – has been released, laying out what exactly landlords and tenants have to disclose during rent reduction negotiations. Netflix and other online movie sites have been a godsend for many families staying at home these past few weeks.The results may surprise some experts, in that it does not mention bank statements, which is where spending habits such as Netflix and UberEats are mostly likely to show up. It states that tenants can be asked for “simple documents” as evidence of hardship such as proof of job termination/stand-down or loss of work hours, government income support, a medical certificate and prior income.“It is reasonable for a property owner to request information about changes to their tenant’s circumstances due to COVID-19 impacts,” the guide said.“It is common for prospective tenants to provide information about their income and employment status when they apply for and negotiate a lease. It is reasonable to provide similar information to substantiate tenant requests for rent adjustments due to impacts of COVID-19.” They may have been a godsend during lockdown, but your online entertainment and food ordering habits could work against you if you’re asking for a rent reduction.If you’re curious about whether your Netflix and UberEats habits might hinder your request for a rent reduction, the Queensland government’s new rental guide is a must read.MORE: Sick of home isolation? Buy a unit for the kids Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19 rental market update00:38center_img The income asked for was total weekly income after tax, “including any government payments” such as JobSeeker or regular Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments.“Tenants will not be required to draw down on their superannuation and will not be required to sell basic personal assets, such as the family car or furniture.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThe tenant can also ask for the rent to be reviewed again if circumstances changed.“If the tenant is not able to meet the new rent amount, they should discuss their circumstances with their lessor. The repayment of rent arrears is a matter for negotiation between the tenant and property owner including through the conciliation process if required, to ensure a fair outcome that considers the circumstances of both parties.” Anger builds over kids playing in communal areas Coronavirus has changed the way Aussies live substantially, with governments now making moves towards some easing of restrictions. The guide also recognised that property owners could also be facing financial hardship during the coronavirus eviction moratorium period, and their options included talking to lenders about deferring payments and checking eligibility for land tax concessions.“Some property owners may be genuinely reliant on rental income to meet essential costs of living (such as costs of their own personal housing, food and utilities). These concerns can be raised during conciliation, and the owner should be prepared to provide evidence to support their position.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img

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