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How strong are a landlord’s claws?

In the current leasing landscape, it is not uncommon for landlords to offer lease incentives to entice prospective tenants. The claw’s jaws. An incentive in a lease can be structured in various ways, including...

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Handshake agreements or fist bumps?

Society has always prided itself on honouring a handshake agreement. But, what happens when one of the parties shaking hands, is not honourable? Unless your handshake is backed with a written agreement, you might not have a ...

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More changes for landlords and tenants under the new Retail Leases Amendment Act

The Retail Leases Act (Vic) 2003 (Act) has been the governing legislation for many retail and commercial leases for over 15 years. But 2020 is a year of change. On 15 September 2020, the Victorian Government passed the Retail Leases...

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Powers for determining rent relief disputes expanded

As contemplated in our previous blog, on 3 September 2020, the Victorian Government has now introduced COVID-19 Commercial and Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Extension) Bill 2020 (Bill) into the Legislative Assembly.

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Victorian rent relief extended until the end of 2020

The Victorian Government announced that it will extend the commercial tenancy relief scheme from 29 September 2020 until 31 December 2020. Key takeaways from the latest announcement include ...

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Cracking the code on your security deposit

Commercial leases typically include provisions that require the tenant to provide security to secure the performance of its obligations. Typically, a tenant may be required to provide security in the form of: a cash security deposit; a bank guarantee; or...

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Policy guidance on the Victorian Government’s relief scheme

In our previous blog, we discussed the guidance provided by the Victorian Small Business Commissioner regarding the type of information a landlord can request pursuant to the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act...

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COVID-19: Western Australia implements its own regulations to protect commercial tenants

On 29 May 2020, Western Australia released the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Regulations 2020 (Regulations). The Regulations, alongside the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (Act)...

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Queensland introduces regulations to mitigate effect of COVID-19 on commercial tenancies

On 28 May 2020, the Queensland Government introduced the Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (Regulations). These Regulations provide clarity on how the National Cabinet’s...

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COVID-19 commercial tenancy regulations: SA follows suit

On 15 May 2020, the South Australian Government introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Commercial Leases No 2) Regulations 2020 (SA) (Regulations). These Regulations give effect to the National Cabinet’s mandatory Code of Conduct for...

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