Assistance into Affordable Private Rentals


COVID-19 Rent Relief Scheme

The Tasmanian Government is providing rent relief for residential households who rent homes in the private market and who are experiencing housing stress because of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme has been extended until 31 January 2021.

Tenants can apply for rent relief by completing the Application for Rental Relief form

Use this form if this your first time applying for rent relief.

For more information on the Rent Relief Scheme:

COVID-19 Rent Relief Extra Support Scheme

The Tasmanian Government is extending support to Tasmanian tenants by providing a second and third round of financial help for residential tenants who are experiencing rental hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residential tenants who have previously received financial help to pay their rent, can now apply for a third rental extra support payment using the Application for Residential Relief Extra Support form

For more information see the COVID-19 Rent Relief Extra Support Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Landlord Support Scheme

The Tasmanian Government has established the COVID-19 Landlord Support Fund to provide financial support to landlords who are experiencing financial hardship due to tenants being behind in paying rent.

A second round of financial support is available for landlords who can apply to the Landlord Extra Support Fund. The financial value of the Extra Support payment is up to a further $2 000 per landlord.

The fund started on 7 September 2020 and is available through to 31 January 2021.

Landlords can apply for Landlord Support by completing the Application for Landlord Support Fund form

For more information see the COVID-19 Landlord Support Fund Fact Sheet


Finding an affordable private rental home is a significant issue for many low income Tasmanians.  Housing Connect can help make it easier to find and stay in a private rental home through Private Rental Assistance and Private Rental Incentives.

Private Rental Assistance helps eligible people on low incomes to cover the cost of paying their rent, paying a bond or moving costs in the private rental market.

Private Rental Incentives helps by making more homes available and affordable to eligible people on low incomes.

You can apply for Private Rental Assistance and Private Rental Incentives through Housing Connect.

More information about Private Rental Assistance and Private Rental Incentives can be found below.