Victorian Commercial Tenancy Relief 2.0 – Here we go again!

On 24 August 2021 the Victorian Government released the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 (2021 Regulations). Unlike its 2020 predecessor, the 2021 Regulations are complex and include a number of key differences. The brief summary below does not lend itself well to the complexity that will be faced by landlords and tenants alike over the […]

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COVID-19 | Regulations reinstate rent relief regime for impacted lessees in NSW

In response to the impact of lockdowns on businesses in New South Wales, the New South Wales government has introduced the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Amendment Regulation 2021 (NSW) (Updated Regulation). What has changed? The Updated Regulation extends the protections granted to impacted lessees under the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation […]

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COVID-19 | Land tax relief for landlords in NSW

The NSW Government has introduced further land tax relief measures for the 2021 Land Tax Year to landlords who provide rent relief waivers to tenants experiencing financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility For a landlord to be eligible for relief for the 2021 Land Tax Year the following criteria apply and must be […]

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Countering Victoria’s Land Tax Grab

Amidst the outcry over the Victorian Government’s recently announced increases in land tax rates, it is more important than ever for landowners to consider potential strategies for containing their land tax cost. Indeed the latest announcement is just a further symptom of the Government over-reliance on land tax, which is also impacting landlords in a […]

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The new General Environmental Duty – What does this mean for directors?

Victoria’s approach to environmental protection and human health is changing soon. Coming into effect from 1 July 2021, the General Environmental Duty (GED) will be the cornerstone of the new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (EPA Act). The new GED will require all Victorian businesses and individuals to take proactive steps to prevent and […]

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COVID-19 | Reminder to Landlords: 2020 land tax relief applications close soon

This article is issued as a timely reminder to Landlords who intend to seek COVID-19 land tax relief for the 2020 land tax year. Applications for relief in New South Wales and Victoria must be lodged prior to 31 March 2021. In this update, we summarise the application process, eligibility criteria and evidentiary requirements for […]

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Further Regulations see the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme extended to 28 March 2021

Just in time for Christmas, the Victorian Government has extended the relevant period under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme from 31 December 2021 until 28 March 2021, the date on which the enabling legislation is also scheduled to expire. The extension occurs via the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Amendment Regulations 2020 […]

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Pasta manufacturer not ‘retail premises’ under the Retail Leases Act 2003

In the recent decision of A. G. & F. Italiano Pty Ltd v Rovigo Pty Ltd[1] the Tribunal considered whether a premises which sells pre-packaged Italian produce predominately via online and telephone sales is a ‘retail premises’ used wholly or predominantly for the sale of goods by retail as defined by the Retail Leases Act […]

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COVID-19 | Update: NSW extends rent relief scheme for impacted lessees

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW government has extended the expiry date of the ‘prescribed period’ under retail and commercial tenancy laws to 31 December 2020. The Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation (No 2) 2020 (Updated Regulations) have been introduced in NSW, with the effect of repealing and remaking the […]

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Another win for the Richmond Football Club – The Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal upholds consistency for retail premises leases during the term

In Verraty Pty Ltd v Richmond Football Club Ltd [2020] VSCA 267, the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal confirms that a retail premises lease cannot ‘jump out’ of application of retail legislation during the term. Whether or not the position can change on renewal remains uncertain. The Initial Decision The case finds its origins in […]

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COVID-19 | Commercial tenancy relief measures extended in Victoria

The long awaited COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2020 (Vic) were released last night and will take effect from 29 September 2020. Which tenancies will the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS) now apply to? The CTRS applies to ‘eligible leases’. The Amending Regulations have altered the definition of ‘eligible […]

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Retail Leases Amendment Act adds more pressure for landlords on top of COVID-19 changes

The Retail Leases Amendment Act 2019 (Vic) (Amendment) was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 15 September 2020. These changes are permanent amendments to the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA) and are separate to the recent temporary changes made to Victorian legislation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes to the RLA will likely […]

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