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COVID-19 Commercial Leases

Written by David Alizade PARTNER; Darryl King PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne PARTNER; Isabel Jenner ASSOCIATE; Stephanie Aquilina-Little SENIOR LAWYER; Katie Wright ASSOCIATE on October 1st, 2021.    

The COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill (Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 28 September 2021. In this guide we are focusing on the changes to the Property Law Act 2007 (PLA) included in this Bill which impact on the payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stated aims of the proposed amendments to the PLA included in the Bill are to:
  •  support commercial tenants and landlords to come to agreements to adjust the rent (including outgoings) due under their leases, so that the parties share the financial burden of the COVID-19 response; and
  •  provide a way to resolve disputes if no agreement can be reached.
 
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