Applications closed

Applications for the Commericial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 closed on 20 March 2022.

Program overview

The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 provides grants to eligible landlords who experience hardship as a result of waiving rent for their tenant(s) between 16 January 2022 and 15 March 2022 under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

A rent waiver is where some or all of the rent owed for an agreed period of time does not have to be paid.

Eligible landlords can apply for a grant of up to $2000 per eligible tenancy.

In cases where landlords are experiencing acute hardship because of the rent waiver agreed with their tenant(s), the grant may be increased to a maximum of $3300 per eligible tenancy.

This is the fourth round of the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund provided by the Victorian Government to assist landlords.

You must provide information about the rent waiver agreed with your tenant using the Landlord acceptance letter (DOCX 52.28 KB)DOCX icon (or similar) when you apply. Please read the information on this page, including the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Applications to the Commercial Landlord Hardship FundÔÇ»4 closed on Sunday 20 March 2022.

Program guidelines

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 Guidelines (PDF 290.62 KB)PDF icon

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 Guidelines (DOCX 1554.77 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

See the full list of FAQs.

Important information

Eligible landlords and their tenants must have agreed a rent waiver (non-payment) of at least 50% of the agreed rent relief provided between 16 January 2022 and 15 March 2022 under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

Only rent waivers (not deferred rent) will be considered for a grant from this fund. A waiver is where some or all of the rent owed for an agreed period does not have to be paid.

Get help to figure out the relevant amounts for your Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Round 4 application by using our online calculator.

A landlord can make one application for each tenancy eligible under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme if their total taxable landholdings are under $3 million, excluding their primary place of residence.

If there are multiple property owners, the grant will be allocated according to ownership share in the property. Each property owner must make a separate application.

Landlords must provide information about the rent waiver agreed with their tenant(s) using the Landlord acceptance letter (DOCX 52.28 KB)DOCX icon (or similar) when applying.

To be considered for acute hardship and apply for a grant of up to $3300, landlords must have waived at least $2000 in rent between 16 January 2022 to 15 March 2022 and submit a Qualified agent letter (DOCX 62.99 KB)DOCX icon that demonstrates acute financial hardship that includes confirmation that:

  • commercial rent represents at least 70 per cent of their total gross annual income for the 2019-20 financial year or any financial year thereafter
  • the landlord is neither an owner occupier nor a related party of the tenant.

Grants must be used by landlords to offset the rent waiver to their tenant(s) as agreed under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

You will require one of the following forms of identification in your application:

  • Driver licence
  • Medicare card
  • Australian visa
  • Australian passport.

If you are having trouble completing the application or need help, please refer to our  Proof of identity verification user guide.

If you need further assistance, please call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

What support is available?

Landlords who waive commercial rent for their tenants between 16 January 2022 to 15 March 2022 under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $2000 per eligible property.

The grant amount will be equal to the amount of rent waived per eligible tenancy, up to $2000.

In cases where landlords are experiencing acute hardship because of the rent waiver agreed with their tenant(s), the grant may be increased to a maximum of $3300 per eligible tenancy (see Important Information section above, or program guidelines).

If there are multiple property owners, grants will be allocated according to ownership share in the property. Each property owner must make a separate application.

Who can apply for this grant?

Landlords can apply if they meet all the eligibility criteria outlined in the program guidelines:

  • be a landlord with total taxable landholdings of less than $3 million, including part holdings but excluding principal place of residence, or where a property is held on trust, the total taxable landholdings of the trust must be less than $3 million
  • be able to confirm property ownership by Customer Number shown on the State Revenue Office Land Tax Assessment Notice or by a 2020-21 or 2021-22 Municipal Rates Notice
  • be the landlord of property subject to a Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme eligible tenancy
  • be a landlord with a current lease agreement that provides rent relief to the tenant(s) under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme for any period between 16 January 2022 to 15 March 2022
  • not occupy the eligible tenancy.

Landlords must attest that commercial rent represents more than 50% of their total gross income for the 2019-20 financial year or any financial year thereafter.

Landlords must provide information about the rent relief agreed with the tenant(s) using the Landlord acceptance letter (DOCX 52.28 KB)DOCX icon (or similar) when applying.

Evidence to support your application

Landlords must provide evidence of:

To be considered for acute hardship and apply for a grant of up to $3300, landlords must also submit a Qualified agent letter (DOCX 62.99 KB)DOCX icon using the approved template that includes confirmation that:

  • commercial rent represents at least 70% of their total gross annual income for the 2019-20 financial year or any financial year thereafter
  • the landlord is neither an owner occupier nor a related party of the tenant.

The following circumstances may be considered in deciding to award a grant:

  • any adverse findings by a regulator regarding a property owner
  • an owner or joint owners being declared bankrupt.

All questions in the application must be completed to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

Landlords may be subject to audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives for a period of seven years after the grant has been approved. Under audit, landlords will be required to show evidence of hardship, such as income tax assessments.

The grant will be repayable on demand if any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, or the grant is not used in accordance with the terms set out in the program guidelines.

How to apply

Applications for this program closed on Sunday 20 March 2022.

Get help to figure out the relevant amounts for your Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Round 4 application by using our online calculator.

If you are having trouble completing the application or need help, please refer to our  Proof of identity verification – user guide.

All questions in the application must be completed in full and any requested documentation attached to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will endeavour to notify all landlords of the outcome of their submitted application within eight weeks of the program close date.

For further assistance please contact us or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Program guidelines

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 Guidelines (PDF 290.62 KB)PDF icon

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 4 Guidelines (DOCX 1554.77 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

See the full list of FAQs.