PHOTO: Renters who have lost work amid coronavirus are hoping for a more comprehensive rent relief package.

Experts have criticised the delay in comprehensive rent relief announcements from Australia’s national cabinet, as tenants who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus-linked economic shutdown inundate support services with calls for help.

It’s almost two weeks since pubs were closed and restaurants were restricted to takeaway, while airlines stood down thousands of staff and several discretionary retailers closed stores over that time.

With tens of thousands of workers suddenly without their regular incomes, anxiety over looming rent payments is high.

The national cabinet has announced a moratorium on evictions for residential tenants during the crisis, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has emphasised that it is not a moratorium on rents, and called for landlords, tenants and banks to negotiate directly.


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