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Victorian COVID-19 FAQ
Links to help you find answers to questions about ever-changing rules

There’s a lot of misinformation out there at the moment and we don’t have the answers, but this page is designed to help you find where people are getting their answers from so that you can make your own enquiries or make your own decisions.

If you notice that anything is missing below, please let us know at info@mitchellpt.com.au.

FAQ

Visiting properties

Can exit inspections occur under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Inspections and auctions” then “Can exit inspection occur under Stage 4 restrictions?”
Our website link updated: 10/09/20

 

Can I complete a condition report under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Inspections and auctions” then “Can real estate agents complete non-auction or inspection real estate tasks such as, condition reports, repairs or inspections?”
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Can I visit a vacant property for a video or photos or a virtual/Facetime tour under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Moving in/out” then “Can estate agents attend vacant sites to record videos/walkthroughs to assist in the sale process?”
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Can people from Melbourne come to my regional property inspection?

Link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#i-live-in-metropolitan-melbourne–can-i-travel-to-regional-victoria-to-inspect-a-property-sale-or-lease-by-private-appointment

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

Can tradies attend properties for maintenance under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#can-maintenance-occur-under-current-restrictions

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

The landlord needs a valuation done, can a valuer visit the property under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#if-i-plan-on-selling-my-home-can-i-have-a-valuation-of-my-property-undertaken

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

Can an insurance assessor visit the property under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#can-insurance-assessors-visit-my-home-to-make-an-assessment

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

Beginning/Ending Leases

Are tenants allowed to give notice to vacate under Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Moving in/out” then “Can tenants provide notice to vacate under Stage 4 restrictions?”

Also: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#can-tenants-provide-notice-to-vacate-under-current-restrictions

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

Are tenants allowed to begin a lease during Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Moving in/out” then “Can a person commence a lease during the 6-week period – that is move in? If so, does this extend to non-residential property?” Also look at “Can an agent do work to commence a lease as well as the permitted tasks necessary for end-of-lease given that the removalist is likely to be taking the furniture somewhere?”

Also see: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#i-had-arranged-to-move-to-a-new-house–can-i-still-go-ahead

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

 

VCAT

How do VCAT hearings work during COVID-19?

Link: https://www.vcat.vic.gov.au/news/vcat-hearings-during-coronavirus-restrictions

Comments: This is a big topic, but all questions should be answered here.
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Rents

What do tenants need to do to get a rent reduction?

Link: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights/tenants/work-out-how-much-rent-you-can-afford-to-pay-tenants

Comments: This link is designed for tenants. You can read it from their perspective or direct them to this page.
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Rent reduction information for landlords

Link: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights/landlords/what-do-i-do-if-my-tenant-cannot-afford-to-pay-rent

Comments: This link is designed for landlords. You can read it from their perspective or direct them to this page.
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Attending the Office in Metro Melbourne

What is a “COVIDSafe Workplace?”

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/creating-a-covid-safe-workplace

Comments: Information for all business owners and managers.
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Should my agency be closed/are staff allowed in the office during Stage 4 restrictions?

Link: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/rental-hiring-and-real-estate-services-sector-guidance

Comments: Look under “Other Real Estate services”
Our website link last updated: 10/09/20

 

Can I go to the office or an auction house for to hold an online auction?

Link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/homes-and-property-metropolitan-melbourne-first-step-covid-19#are-auction-houses-restricted

Our website link last updated: 18/09/20

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