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Hold on evictions for renters


Evictions will be put on hold over the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenants in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Code of conduct for commercial tenancies


A mandatory code of conduct outlines a set of good faith leasing principles for commercial tenancies including: 

  • retail
  • office
  • industrial

between:

  • owners
  • operators
  • other landlords
  • tenants

This code applies to tenants that are:

  • a small to medium sized business with an annual turnover of up to $50 million
  • eligible for the JobKeeper Payment

Rent reductions will be based on the tenant’s decline in turnover to ensure that the burden is shared between landlords and tenants.

The policy will include a mutual obligation requirement on the small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit tenants to continue to engage their employees through the JobKeeper Payment where eligible, and if applicable, provide rent relief to their subtenants.

Australian and foreign banks, along with other financial institutions operating in Australia, are expected to support landlords and tenants with appropriate flexibility as they work to implement the mandatory Code.

The Government is also waiving rents for all its small and medium enterprises and not-for-profit tenants within its owned and leased property across Australia.

The code and its principles will be implemented and regulated by your relevant state or territory.

Principles of the code

The code includes a common set of 14 principles. These include that:

  • landlords must not terminate leases for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic (or reasonable recovery period)
  • tenants must stay committed to their lease terms (subject to amendments)
  • landlords must offer reductions in rent (as waivers or deferrals) based on the tenant’s reduction in trade during COVID-19
  • benefits that owners get for their properties (e.g. reduced charges, land tax, deferred loan payments) should be passed on to the tenant (in the appropriate proportion)

Check with your state or territory


These measures will be implemented by your State or Territory Government. You can find out how to access this assistance through your relevant state or territory below.

Learn more about COVID-19 Commercial tenancies and owner-operated businesses in the ACT.

Find out about rent reductions in New South Wales.

Learn about commercial tenancy relief in the NT.

Learn about support for landlords and tenants in Queensland.

Find essential information for SA lessees and lessors dealing with COVID-19.

Read the changes to commercial tenancies during COVID-19 in Tasmania.

Learn about the commercial tenancy relief scheme in Victoria.

Find out more about commercial tenancy consumer protection in WA during the coronavirus.

Learn more about the code and the 14 commercial leasing principals during COVID-19.