Renters' Guide to COVID-19

Published on 25/05/2020

Last updated in November 2021


Am I a COVID ‘impacted tenant’? >

Rent and Repayment Plans >

Negotiating a Repayment Plan >

Eviction >

Financial support >

Tribunal proceedings >

How do I end my tenancy? >

Tenant databases or 'blacklists' >

Moving and the distancing rules >

Do I need to provide access? >

Social housing >

Share houses and boarders >

International students >

Domestic violence >

Templates and forms >


The Renters' Guide to COVID-19 has been developed to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the pandemic. This guide should be read alongside and in addition to the legal information and resources provided on your legal rights and obligations in our general tenancy factsheets and resources.

The Tenants' Union of NSW is working hard to keep this information as up to date as possible. The legal information provided here does not constitute legal advice. For advice, call your local Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service about your options. If you are not in NSW, see other services around Australia.

If you are a social housing tenant please see COVID Guide: Social housing

The below timeline summarises the different moratorium periods and tenancy protections over 2020-2022

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