Archive | March, 2020

Options for landlords and tenants in the Covid-19 world? Part 3

March 23, 2020

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This issue continues to generate comments and feedback.  If you are following this issue, please note the following: Frustrated contract are dealt with in part by Part 3.2 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic), which will, presumably, also apply to leases.  The legislation addresses the consequences of frustration and the allocation […]

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Options for landlords and tenants in the Covid-19 world? Part 2

March 23, 2020

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A few people have commented on last night’s post and it is worth pointing out the following: Tenants should be advised to check for business interruption insurance to see if these events are covered. Apparently the Morrison government will be discussing tenancy legislation at the national cabinet meeting on Tuesday night.  I’ll report on any […]

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Options for landlords and tenants in the Covid-19 world?

March 22, 2020

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The Morrison government today announced a number of measures to protect tenants in the current crisis. One is to increase the minimum amount of a statutory demand for non-payment of debt from $2,000 to $20,000 and to allow six months for payment – up from the current 21 days.  I might have more to say […]

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VCAT response to COVID-19 part 3

March 20, 2020

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Practitioners The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria has published a media release addressing the State courts’ and VCAT’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A copy of the press release is available here: https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/for-the-media/media-releases/statement-from-the-chief-justice-of-victoria-COVID-19-Update-2

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VCAT response to COVID-19 part 2

March 20, 2020

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Practitioners The latest word from VCAT as to closures and adjournments on account of COVID-19 is the following that is currently being circulated to parties to proceedings: VCAT venues are currently closed to the public to reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission.  No face-to-face hearings are being scheduled, and all non-critical cases which are […]

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VCAT response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020

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Practitioners, VCAT yesterday circulated the attached text in an email to parties to proceedings, although I am aware that not all practitioners with current proceedings have received a copy: VCAT is committed to continuing to provide dispute resolution services to the public, especially in critical areas. However, in the interests of increasing social distancing in […]

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