Not-for-profit training organisation, VERTO, has welcomed the six-month extension to the NSW eviction moratorium.

In an announcement this week, the NSW Government confirmed that the rental support package to help tenants and landlords financially affected by COVID-19 will be extended until March next year.

“VERTO welcomes the extension of the NSW eviction moratorium. COVID-19 has seen many renters lose their income and, as a result experience financial hardship,” VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said.

“This has created many challenges, especially for those who are more vulnerable in our communities. When renters face such a financial burden, homelessness can become a major issue.

“It is positive to see the NSW Government has listened to calls from the community to extend the eviction moratorium. We hope this provides peace of mind for many renters and some level of comfort for these vulnerable members of our community.”

Since COVID-19, VERTO has experienced a significant increase in the number of requests for rental support through its Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS).

“VERTO will continue to support our clients through our TAAS program. It is our hope that this extension will provide some relief for those struggling to meet all their household expenses during this challenging time,” Mr Maxwell said.

Anyone experiencing any tenancy issues in the Orange, Bathurst, Albury, Wagga Wagga or Goulburn areas is encouraged to reach out for support. Visit www.verto.org.au for information.