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Tas renters receive help

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$2,000 or four weeks rent is being offered by the state government to Tasmanian tenants facing extreme hardship.

The COVID19 Rent Relief Fund is eligible for those with less than $5,000 in savings and who pay more than 30 per cent of their income in rent.

Attorney General Elise Archer says migrants and temporary visa holders are able to apply.

"Payments will be made to landlords of eligible tenants and it will be a requirement they pass on this level of assistance to their tenant via rent reductions."

"The Fund will be administered by Communities Tasmania through Housing Connect which has expertise in social and affordable housing needs with applications open from next week."

"We are confident this fund will reduce financial pressure on tenants as well as landlords, helping to ensure Tasmanians can recover and rebuild as we emerge from the pandemic," she said

Meanwhile, it's hoped a date for Tasmania's border restrictions to be eased will be announced sometime in July.

Currently anyone entering the state has to spend 2 weeks in quarantine - although as of yesterday Tasmanian residents are allowed to complete that period at their home as opposed to in a state-run facility.

Premier Peter Gutwein refuses to be too concerned with what other states are doing.

"It is far too early to be setting a date, to be frank," he said.

"We don't want the devastating consequences associated with a second wave."

"If we can continue to follow the rules, I expect that in July we will be able to set a date for when our borders could come down," he added.

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