Amendments to Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme gives Small Business Commission the power to make binding determinations

The new Regulations that extend (and amend) the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in Victoria have now been passed and are in force. Apart from widely publicised amendments to the regulations and enabling legislation (such as an extension of the scheme until 31 December 2020) a rather extraordinary component of the amended regulations is the power [...]

2020-09-29T20:58:12+00:00September 29th, 2020|Business Advice, Property|Comments Off on Amendments to Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme gives Small Business Commission the power to make binding determinations

Like buying a 1999 Saab convertible: The importance of understanding the commercial lease obligations when buying a bargain business

Like in other times of economic turmoil, bargain businesses are now increasingly on the market. However, just like buying an old car, sometimes the alluringly low upfront price of a business obscures the painful reality of extraordinary costs you’ll have to bear down the track. As commercial lawyers, we are often asked to assist to [...]

2020-09-13T22:37:52+00:00September 13th, 2020|Business Advice, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, Property|Comments Off on Like buying a 1999 Saab convertible: The importance of understanding the commercial lease obligations when buying a bargain business

Another lockdown, another rent relief request

Many commercial tenants who have experienced a downturn in their business due to the COVID-19 outbreak have gone through the process of requesting and securing rent relief from their landlords for the relevant period under the emergency measures legislation (being 29 March 2020 to 29 September 2020). Unfortunately, following the false start which preceded the [...]

2020-07-30T23:33:33+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Business Advice, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Property|Comments Off on Another lockdown, another rent relief request

Discount the rent, you can afford it!

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has been in the news this week after it was reported that a landlord on the Sunshine Coast would be forced to discount rent for its long-term tenants after the QCAT ruled the landlord could not demonstrate that reducing the rent would put the landlord at a financial [...]

2020-05-28T01:23:37+00:00May 28th, 2020|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory, Dispute Resolution, Property|Comments Off on Discount the rent, you can afford it!