Overview of Commercial Leasing Changes
On 14 July 2021, the NSW Government enacted the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 (the Regulation). Amendments passed on 13 August 2021 provide even greater protections to impacted tenants by reinstating the National Cabinet’s Commercial Leasing Code of Conduct.
The Regulation ensures that the economic impact of COVID-19 is shared by property owners and tenants. The protections in the Regulation, combined with the land tax concessions and the newly established Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund, will help limit the long-term economic damage of COVID-19 and maximise the number of businesses that can resume normal operation when public health orders are lifted.
Template letters for tenants and landlords for negotiation purposes: