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Posted on 14 Dec 2020

Extension to COVID-19 Regulations in relation to commercial leases and licences

Jaala Pulford, the Victorian Minister for Small Business has posted an announcement stating that the existing Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme will be extended “to provide support for small businesses that need it – to…

Posted on 11 Nov 2020

COVID-19 Rent Relief Regulations for Commercial Leases & Licences

The COVID-19 Commercial Leases and Licences Regulations have been amended to extend the relevant period for rent relief to 31 December 2020. There are also a number of other significant changes including the following:…

Posted on 21 May 2020

New Coronavirus Regulations for Commercial Leases & Licences

The Victorian Government has published the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020. The Regulations reflect some but not all of the leasing principles in the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of…

Posted on 9 Apr 2020

Mandatory Code of Conduct for Commercial Leases During the Coronavirus

Last week the National Cabinet issued a statement confirming that it had met and agreed: That “states and territories would implement the attached mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code), including via legislation or regulation…

Posted on 27 Mar 2020

Effect of Coronavirus Measures on Retail Leases

Aside from the health and safety fears and concerns about the economic impact generally of the coronavirus, landlords and tenants will also be deeply concerned about its effect on business and the effect of…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

Risks of landlords failing to provide retail leases estimates of outgoings

A recent VCAT decision will be of concern for landlords who fail to provide estimates of outgoings as required under the Retail Leases Act. Section 46 of the Retail Leases Act requires landlords of…

Posted on 6 Dec 2019

New Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from Retail Leases Act

The Minister for Small Business has published a Ministerial Determination which exempts farm leases from the Retail Leases Act. Farm leases excluded from the operation of the Act include leases of premises under which…

Posted on 26 Nov 2019

Proposed Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019

A new Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) has been tabled before the Victorian Parliament. If passed, the Bill will amend the Building Act 1993 and the Retail Leases Act 2003. The purpose of…

Posted on 29 Apr 2019

Wind Farm Leases

Ballarat and Western Districts are experiencing a boom in wind farm development, with many farmers being approached with offers to build turbines on their land. Unfortunately, in the excitement of extra income and a…

Posted on 28 Nov 2018

“Once more unto the Breach”: Review of the Eligible Data Breach Scheme

New legislation requires entities with an annual turnover of $3 million or more, or who provide health services or store health records, to take positive steps to determine whether a data breach has or…