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02 October 2020

Your guide to the extended COVID-19 Leasing Regulation (Qld) in 150 words or less

Cooper Grace Ward's Property team provides a brief snapshot of the extended COVID-19 Leasing Regulation, now expiring on 31 December 2020.

The extended Regulation, now expiring on 31 December 2020, can be found here.

Further guidance by the Queensland Small Business Commissioner can be found here.

A brief snapshot:

  • Entitlement to claim relief for the extension period (1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020) is now based on SME tenants showing at least a 30% turnover drop in July/August/September 2020 compared to the same period last year.
  • Tenants can no longer demand rent waivers. Owners therefore only have to (logically) grant rent relief deferrals proportionate to the turnover drop.
  • 1/24th instalments of agreed deferred rents for the initial response period to 30 September 2020 can start to be collected from 1 October 2020.
  • Owners are still unable to take ‘prescribed action’ until 1 January 2021 – so still a bar on recovery and for any failure to open/trade for the core trading hours.
  • Owners and tenants can still do deals on their own terms – but, if the lease is caught by the Regulation, cannot agree to implement rent increases until 1 January 2021.

If you have any queries, or we can be of any assistance, please contact a member of Cooper Grace Ward’s Property team.

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