Housing: How tenants are protected under Austria’s new Covid-19 laws

Housing: How tenants are protected under Austria's new Covid-19 laws
Austrian Federal Minister of Justice Alma Zadic. Photo: Denis LOVROVIC / AFP
Austria has extended a range of coronavirus protections for tenants, including a protection on evictions and delays on paying rent.

Anyone who gets into financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can pay their rent later, after a deadline on late payments was extended. 

While under the previous framework renters had until the end of 2020 to pay back rent owed to a landlord, the date for which this can be repaid has now been extended to March 2021.

In addition, tenants will be protected from eviction until at least June 30th, 2022, Der Standard reports. 

Anyone who has experienced ‘coronavirus-related income losses’ will be entitled to the protection, Justice Minister Alma Zadic said on Wednesday. 

The coronavirus crisis “has hit the Austrian people very hard economically”, Zadic said. 

“We do not allow someone to be thrown outside the door through no fault of their own, because living is a fundamental right,” said Zadic in a written statement.

The rules apply to all residential rentals but do not apply to business or commercial tenants. 

Non-coronavirus related income losses will not allow someone to pay rent later or to avoid eviction, Zadic said. 

 

 


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