When entering into a commercial lease, disputes can arise at any time prior to expiration of the agreement date. This might be due to any of the following:
- Rental price increases
- Unpaid rent
- Claims for works/repairs
- Contract amendments
- Lease termination
Hones Lawyers specialise in finding solutions between parties through various avenues that are cost effective and most efficient.
Our strategies have helped many clients with their lease disputes throughout NSW.
Lease Disputes Due to Covid-19 – How We Can Assist
During the pandemic period, or a reasonable subsequent recovery period, landlords must not terminate a lease for non-payment of rent. A number of provisions are listed in the Code obligating how the ongoing relationship will be developed and continue. Finally, if the parties cannot reach agreement, the issue is then to be referred to the relevant State of Dispute Resolution Authority for a binding mediation. Obviously, and to bring an early certainty to the relationship, there is no reason why private mediation cannot be implemented and, provided the parties can reach agreement, a binding agreement is then entered into. For a number of reasons, a facilitative mediation which is only binding once the parties reach agreement is widely considered a better forum than to attend at what must be a binding session.
Hones Lawyers is able to provide landlords and tenants with advice as to the current state of play and Brian Hones independently and under the banner of Comstra Mediation Pty Ltd, can provide mediation services to enable landlords and tenants to reach satisfactory conclusion of arrangements.
If you need assistance with your lease during the time of covid-19 please get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with details of your matter and we will get back to you as soon as possible.