COVID-19

I am a retailer preparing to re-open. What do I need to address to enable safe shopping?

Peak bodies in the retail industry have released a ‘Retail Recovery Protocol’, which describes steps to ensure employees and customers are COVID-safe in retail stores and shopping centres. There's also state-by-state guidance for businesses including retailers, on support available and safety measures. For example, the NSW Government has published a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which businesses …

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How many of our staff can return to our office during COVID-19?

COVID-19 re-occupancy plans must provide for 4 sqm per person, 1.5-meter distancing, access constraints, and all current regulations. See the Safe Work Australia guidance on physical distancing, and for NSW-based tenants you can check out their summation of the Four square metre rule.

My landlord has said they will only be providing rent relief if we agree to exercise our option to renew early. Can they do that?

This is where skillfull representation comes into its own. Such a proposition might constitute bad faith negotiation, a refusal to negotiate, or negotiating subject to an undesirable outcome - but ultimately these interactions need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Tenant Leasing Group prides itself on our ability to secure favourable commercial positions for …

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If an organisation does not qualify for the government’s Job-keeper Program, then does this mean they lie outside of the Code and cannot get rental relief?

Technically, no. The Code’s intent and principles apply to all affected tenants and landlords, regardless of whether they qualify for the Job-keeper program. However, the mandatory aspects of the Code are dependent on an organisation being eligible and qualifying for the Job-keeper program. Because of this, some landlords are refusing to participate (or are slow to …

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We need rent relief during COVID-19 and changed lease terms post COVID-19. What do you suggest?

Business needs are primary when it comes to workplace and other property. While our advice and execution will vary for each individual client, our general approach to lease negotiation and management in the current context is to protect current and future business needs, and determine suitable workplace arrangements that fit those needs and risks given …

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