Certain types of lease transactions do not fall under the provisions of the Act, particularly, those premises being leased for the purposes of:-
Other exclusions include:-
Schedule 1 of the Act provides a list of businesses which fall under the regulation of the Act. You should refer to this list if you are unsure about whether your lease is a retail lease or not.
The Act seeks to balance a lessor’s fundamental property rights with the interests of the lessee to ensure negotiations are conducted from a level playing field and that any disparity of bargaining power is minimised: In short, it seeks to prevent unfair business practices, with the Government viewing lessees as the less powerful party in most leasing transactions. The result is an imposition of a number of obligations on the lessor.
Lessors need to be aware of their obligations, particularly their obligations to provide a retail lessee with certain documentation and information.
For all new retail Lease transactions, a lessor must provide the lessee with:-
Within 7 days of receiving the lessor’s Disclosure Statement or as otherwise agreed, the lessee must provide the lessor with their own Disclosure Statement. In it, the lessee confirms that it has received the Lessor’s Disclosure Statement, a copy of the proposed Lease and the Retail Tenancy Guide and confirms that s/he believes that they will be able to fulfil their obligations under the Lease including it’s rental obligations, outgoings payments and other amounts.
The Act stipulates that a retail Lease must not be for a term of less than 5 years. Where a retail Lease is for a term of less than 5 years, it is automatically extended by such period as is necessary to bring the lease up to a 5 year term.
This will not apply if the lessee obtains a Certificate from a lawyer waiving this right.
Under the Act, lessors cannot recover the cost of preparing the Lease Agreement and ancillary documentation.
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