Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Amendment Bill 1997
|Long Title||The purpose of this Bill is to implement amendments resulting from a statutory review of the Act, which regulates lease agreements for certain small businesses conducting their operations in retail premises of 1000 sqm or less. Highlights of the Bill include -|
new definitions for major terms contained in the Act, including "retail shop lease", "shopping centre", "total lettable area"; provisions relating to tenant rent reviews, including ensuring that there is only one means of calculating rent per review specified in a lease; a Tenant Guide is to be introduced; valid occupancy cost contributions " limiting a tenant’s contribution to operating expenses by relating the amounts they contribute to the proportion of floor area that the tenant’s shop bears to the shopping centre’s total lettable area " together with the disclosure of all pertinent information prior to the lease contract and protective audit provisions; choice of trading hours by retail tenants allowing tenants complete discretion to determine their own trading hours. The measures included in the Bill cannot be applied retrospectively to current leases.
|Status||Assented to 01/15/1999|
Royal Assent given 15 Jan 1999 as Act No. 66/98 of 1999. Different sections of this Act come into operation on Royal Assent and Proclamation. For details refer to Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)
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