Can my landlord evict me if I'm unable to pay rent?
The short answer is no. Tenants cannot be evicted for six months if they suffer financial hardship brought on by coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on March 29.
While the announcement was welcomed by tenants unions two weeks ago, many states and territories are yet to iron out the specific details.
Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Jason Clare told 10 daily the federal government needs to provide "renters and landlords more detail urgently" about how the rental freeze will work.
Do I still have to pay rent?
While in theory, we'd all love to stop paying rent, you should keep meeting payments if you have the capacity to do so.
"Tenants are still responsible for their rents, however, the Federal and State Governments will not stand for people being thrown out of their homes at this time," Housing Minister Michael Sukkar told 10 daily.
Can I move to a new place during the pandemic?
The Morrison government has banned real estate auctions and open house inspections. However, in most states and territories, private inspections are still allowed.
Should I ask my landlord for cheaper rent?
Morrison said rental arrangements would have to be negotiated by tenants and landlords in "good faith".
Sukkar told 10 daily "both landlords and tenants have a role to play in working together over the coming period to reach mutually agreeable arrangements, and the National Cabinet will be announcing further measures on residential tenancies soon."
However, landlords across the country are under no legal obligation to grant tenants reduced rent.
My landlord is telling me to access my super to pay rent. Is that legal?
No --- and landlords and rental agencies face tough penalties for offering unlicensed financial advice to tenants.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has warned rental institutes they'll face jail time or hefty fines if they advise tenants to dip into their super to pay rent.
How can I report a dodgy landlord?
Renters can access comprehensive information about their rights through their local union by visiting the Tenants' Union site.