Victorian Government announces new rent relief scheme

By Evelyn Marcou, Senior Associate The Victorian Government today announced a new/extended Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (“CTRS”) for small to medium sized tenants in Victoria. It appears that the scheme will mirror the Regulations that were first put into place from late March 2020 under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (the “Act”). At…

Is it a Lease or a Licence? – What does that mean for a landlord with a defaulting occupant?

As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic hits the commercial sector, there has been an increase of businesses challenging the legal arrangements under which they occupy premises. Often their inability to pay rent forms the basis of a dispute. Such a dispute arose in the recent VCAT decision of Sumbul Holdings Pty Ltd v LDZ Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2020] VCAT 1272 where an occupant butcher who had fallen into arrears, challenged the nature of their occupation with a view of obtaining relief.

Commercial tenancy rent relief alert – Strict compliance and proportionality

By Ryan Attard, Law Clerk, and Alicia Hill, Principal, MST Lawyers The ‘Commercial Tenancy Rent Relief Scheme’ (the Scheme) was extended to operate until 31 December 2020. Originally set to expire on 28 September, the extension includes various amendments. An overview is provided in our previous article on the subject. We draw attention in this…

Commercial Tenancy Rent Relief Scheme Extended

On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission, as part of its 4-year modern award review, made a decision to amend evening, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates. This article explains these amendments.