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The decision in Gautham v Panwar provides guidance as to the application of temporary measures put in place under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (Omnibus Act) in the context of residential tenancy disputes.
What a relief! VCAT takes a broad view of COVID-19 rent relief requirements: R & D Health Clubs v Lin Wang
In R & D Health Clubs Pty Ltd v Lin Wang Pty Ltd (Building and Property)  VCAT 349, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) considered whether a tenant’s initial request for rent relief can be carried over to subsequent periods or whether a fresh application must be made. VCAT also considered whether COVID-19 rent relief payments are to be included within the definition of ‘outgoings’.
No special disadvantage required for a finding of unconscionable conduct under section 21 of the ACL
The decision of ACCC v Quantum Housing Group  FCAFC 40 broadened where unconscionable conduct under section 21 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), can be found to have occurred, by saying that the party being acted against does not have to demonstrate a special disadvantage to obtain relief from the conduct.