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Sam is a property and insolvency barrister.

Premier’s press release on the (partial) extension of the CTRS

August 20, 2020

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/pause-evictions-extended-and-extra-renter-protections The above link is to the Premier’s press release on what appears to be a partial extension of the CTRS. The press release contains more information than was in the article that I posted earlier today. I will circulate a summary of the key points shortly.

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Announcement about extension of the CTRS in Victoria

August 20, 2020

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The Financial Review has just published the following: Ban on rent increases and evictions extended Patrick Durkin The Victorian government is extending the ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year. “Under the extensions, evictions will continue to be banned for residential and commercial tenants until December 31, unless in rare […]

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Details of Stage 4 Lockdown Part 2 – contact details for the Industry Coordination Centre

August 5, 2020

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Further to my post on Monday about the details of the stage 4 restrictions, contact telephone number and website for Industry Coordination Centre within Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions are 13 22 15 or visit Business Victoria. Further details can be found at  https://djpr.vic.gov.au/about-us/contact-us.

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Stage 4 lockdown social distancing gazette entry

August 4, 2020

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Readers might also be interested in the Victorian Government Gazette entry for stage 4 social distancing rules. This is the Gazette entry for the social distancing measures that were announced by the Premier on Sunday (ie stage 4 social distancing, 5km rule, etc), not the Gazette entry that records yesterday’s announcement of business closures. I […]

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Details about stage 4 lockdowns

August 3, 2020

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The main issue that comes out of today’s announcements is the question of which industries must close, which can open and which can continue with restricted operations. For those trying to work this out, you might want to have a look at this link to the Premier’s website that contains: the Premier’s press statement on business restrictions;  and  […]

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Lockdown Mark 2, stage 4 and the CTRS

August 3, 2020

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In 48 hours of announcements that just seemed to get worse and worse, the ever-diligent young property barrister Callum Dawlings caught the Premier’s only reference to the CTRS in light of Lockdown Mark 2.   In answer to a question about the Government’s tenancy protections, the Premier was heard to say: ‘We will have more to say […]

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Lockdown mark 2 …

July 19, 2020

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Hi all and welcome to lockdown mark 2. I am not yet aware of any new measures for landlords and tenants coming out of the second wave of this awful pandemic.  Practitioners already operating in this area should be familiar by now with the basic layout of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and the materials […]

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Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 passed though the lower house and tabled before the upper house

June 19, 2020

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Remember the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic)?  We used to talk about it a lot in the good old days … … anyway, reminiscing aside, in a welcome break from all things COVID-19 in the world of commercial and retail tenancies, the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) passed the lower house of Victorian Parliament on 4 June […]

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Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Legal Obligations of Parties in Property Transactions

June 19, 2020

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On 2 June 2020 I presented a seminar on the Code, the Act and the Regulations for the LIV that has been made available to subscribers to this blog. My colleague David Lloyd also spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on other real estate transactions, so you guys might be interested that too. I have […]

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Victorian Government guidance on the Code, the Act and the Regulations (a.k.a. the CTRS)

June 12, 2020

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The Victorian Government has published a guidance note that addresses some of the key areas of debate arising out of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) and the Act and Code that preceded it. A copy of Victoria’s commercial tenancies relief scheme: Policy guidance on eligible participants and documentation requirements is available here: Guideline. It is […]

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