Over 40,000 to get total of $470m in third round of rent support

More than 40,000 tenants and owner-occupiers will receive payouts worth over $470 million from Friday in a move to support businesses with rental costs incurred during the almost two-month-long stabilisation phase that ended on Sunday.

This is the third Rental Support Scheme (RSS) payout, which will be equivalent to a month of rent for the period from Sept 27 to Sunday. The payout was announced on Oct 20 by Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

The rental relief is offered to small-and medium-sized enterprises, as well as eligible non-profit organisations with an annual revenue not exceeding $100 million, which are tenants or owner-occupiers of qualifying commercial properties.

In a joint release, the Ministry of Finance and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) said yesterday that rental support will be provided directly to tenants without going through the landlords, as with the first and second RSS payouts disbursed in August and September.

"This has allowed tenants to receive the RSS payouts from the Government promptly," the statement said.

Those eligible to receive the funds and who have PayNow or existing Giro arrangements with Iras can expect to receive the RSS cash payout from Friday. Those without such arrangements will receive cheques by Dec 10.

The two agencies also said that the cash payout will be disbursed automatically to tenants and owner-occupiers who had received the second payout. Those who were not eligible for the second payout but are eligible for the third can submit an application to Iras. Applications will open on Dec 10 and close on Jan 21 next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2021, with the headline Over 40,000 to get total of $470m in third round of rent support. Subscribe