Victoria’s New Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

On 3 August 2021, the Victorian Government introduced into Parliament the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Bill 2021 (Vic). The Bill reintroduces the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (Scheme), which had previously expired on 28 March 2021. Read more

Review of Embedded Networks in Victoria

The Victorian Government (Government) is progressing on its 2018 election commitment to ban embedded networks in new residential apartment buildings, by releasing an Issues Paper to commence formal stakeholder consultation into this issue. What is an embedded network? Embedded networks are private electricity networks, where electricity is supplied to an area or building through a … Read more

Victoria – Big Housing Build

The Victorian Government has announced as part of the Victorian budget for 2020/21, the Big Housing Build, the largest ever investment in public and community housing in Victoria. The Big Housing Build will involve a $5.3b investment in social housing, creating: 9,300 new social housing dwellings; and 2,900 new affordable and market homes for first … Read more

Changes to FIRB guidelines in relation to lease renewals

On 29 March 2020 monetary thresholds for acquisitions of leases of land of more than 5 years (including options to renew) by foreign persons were reduced to zero.  This meant that a large volume of leasing transactions which previously did not require approval fell into the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) net.  On 3 September 2020, the FIRB amended these temporary measures to allow renewals and material variations of leases to proceed without approval in some circumstances. The new measures took effect on 4 September 2020. Read more

Future Cities Series: Real Estate in a Post-Covid World

There is no doubt that Covid-19 will have a significant and long lasting effect on the real estate sector. The sector will not return to the way it was and we will see the impact of the pandemic permeate all parts of the industry for years to come. It is important for real estate players to pre-empt some of these predicted future trends so that they can be ahead of the game in both taking defensive positions on risk areas and pursuing new opportunities. One thing Covid-19 has shown the world is how quickly things can change and imagination can create possibility for things which were never considered possible before now. Read more

What is a “reasonable time” for a tenant to remedy a breach of lease?

Generally, if a landlord intends to terminate a lease due to a tenant’s breach of the lease,  the landlord must first serve a notice (Breach Notice) on the tenant. The landlord must then grant the tenant a “reasonable time” after service of the Breach Notice to remedy the breach, if it is capable of remedy, and pay any money that is required to be paid as compensation to the landlord’s reasonable satisfaction. But what is a "reasonable time" exactly? Read more