Large retailers may be given the green light to collectively purchase electricity

You may or may not have seen in the media that on 20 September 2019 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a draft determination and interim authorisation giving members of the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) a green light to begin the initial steps to collectively negotiate to purchase electricity. Members of the […]

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Is a sand quarry ground lease a “retail premises” lease?

In the recent decision of Phillips v Abel (Building and Property) [2019] VCAT 1031 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has once again considered the question of what is a “retail premises” for the purposes of Section 4(1) of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (“the Act”). The case involved a lease of a quarry at […]

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Deeds of cross-guarantee as lease security – what a landlord needs to know

We have recently seen deeds of cross-guarantee being offered up by tenants looking to provide landlords with alternative forms of security to bank guarantees, as banks tighten up lending requirements, or parent company guarantees.   What is a cross-guarantee? Typically a deed of cross-guarantee is lodged by a parent company with ASIC in support of […]

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Application of the RLA

Just when you thought navigating Victoria’s retail legislation couldn’t get any more complicated. A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in Bulk Powders Pty Ltd v Seicon Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 2000 bucks the trend when it comes to determining the application of the Retail Leases Act 2003 […]

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Leasing Insider | NB2 Pty Ltd v P.T. Ltd [2018] NSWCA 10

In 2004, NB2 Pty Ltd (Tenant) purchased an independent fresh fruit and vegetable business operating from a premises in the Fresh Food Precinct at Westfield’s Miranda Shopping Centre (Centre). The Tenant was one of three operators selling fresh fruit and vegetables in the Centre, the others being a Woolworths supermarket (located at the opposite end […]

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Leasing Insider | AVC Operations Pty Ltd v Teley Pty Ltd (Building and Property) – [2018] VCAT 931

AVC Operations Pty Ltd (the Tenant) entered into an asset sale agreement with Wheatland Hotels Toorak Pty Ltd (the Assignee) for the sale of the “Bush Inn” business operated from a premises on Malvern Road, Toorak. The Tenant sought the consent of Teley Pty Ltd (the Landlord) to assign the lease for the business to the […]

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Leasing Insider | Sze Tu v Jam Studios Pty Ltd; Jam Studios Pty Ltd v Sze Tu [2018] NSWSC 868 (12 June 2018)

Margaret Sze Tu, Shiu How Sze Tu, Shiu Shing Sze Tu, Helen Sze Tu (the Landlord) were the registered proprietors and owners of premises known as Shop 5, 42-44 Queen Street, Campbelltown. The dispute between the parties related to an alleged lease to Jam Studios Pty Ltd (the Tenant), who was in possession of the […]

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Leasing Insider | Versus (Aust) Pty Ltd v A.N.H. Nominees Pty Ltd [2017] VCAT 859

Versus (Aus) Pty Ltd (the Tenant) leased retail premises located in Church Street, Brighton from A.N.H. Nominees Pty Ltd (the Landlord). The Tenant operated a lingerie business from the premises from June 2006 until the Tenant vacated in May 2011. The premises was affected by water and moisture ingress which resulted in excessive mould within […]

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Leasing Insider | PG Kazis Nominees P/L v Bakers II P/L & ORS [2018] SADC 48

PG Kazis Nominees Pty Ltd (the Landlord) entered into a retail lease with Bakers II Pty Ltd (the Tenant). The term of the lease was for 5 years commencing on 1 March 2003 with options for two further terms of five years each. The Tenant exercised the first option to renew which expired on 28 […]

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Leasing Insider | William Buck (Vic) Pty Ltd v Motta Holdings Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 15

William Buck Pty Ltd (the Tenant) entered into a lease with Motta Holdings Pty Ltd (the Landlord) which required the tenant to pay land tax in respect of the premises. After entering into the lease and paying significant sums of land tax to the Landlord, the Tenant subsequently claimed that the lease fell under the Retail […]

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The Dangers of Side Letters

Introduction Whilst not a brand new case, we have chosen to review ACN 151 368 124 v Pro-Pac Packaging (Aust) Pty Ltd 20171 because it highlights the dangers of an increasing trend in our industry – use of the side letter to get around formal document negotiation deadlocks and deadlines.  Unfortunately the case highlights that […]

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Heads of Agreement

The Supreme Court of Victoria has confirmed in Casdar Pty Ltd v Joseph Fanous [2017] VSC 616 that a Heads of Agreement signed by a Landlord and Tenant followed by post contractual conduct will not always immediately bind the parties. Casdar Pty Ltd (Landlord) appealed a decision from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) […]

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