Analysis shows moratorium must be extended

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Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Tenants Queensland are today releasing an analysis of Queensland’s eviction moratorium.

Analysis shows that demand for legal advice from renters has remained consistent throughout the COVID period, with just over 200 enquiries to Tenants Queensland related to COVID-19 tenancy issues in August. This is only slightly down from the 284 enquiries received in July, and 264 in June.

Tenants Queensland CEO Penny Carr says: “It is clear that a high number of Queenslanders will be at risk of homelessness when the eviction moratorium ends tomorrow.

“Of great concern is the number of COVID affected renters who have dependent children. Our data indicates as high as 28 per cent, or 3 in 10, of the people who call for legal advice have children.

“Tenants are terrified of what will happen this week. A lot of them have already been told by their landlords or real estate agents that they will be kicked out.”

QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh says: “For those who have fallen into rental arrears as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19, an eviction will result in further financial hardship.

“It is not possible to quantify how many Queenslanders will be impacted by the end of the eviction moratorium, but the numbers of people receiving JobSeeker payment could be a clue.

“In December 2019, just 166,814 Queenslanders were on the JobSeeker payment compared to 365,893 in August 2020 – an increase of 119 per cent.*

“The threat of COVID-19 is not over, and every other state in Australia has recognised this with an extension to their respective moratoriums.

“The question must be asked: why did the Queensland government decide to end the moratorium for 1.8 million Queensland renters when every other state government extended theirs?”

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Read the analysis: Queensland’s eviction moratorium – analysis by QCOSS and TQ

JobSeeker statistics by state are available on the Department of Social Services’ website: https://data.gov.au/data/organization/department-of-social-services 

28 September 2020