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We can help with:

  • Preparation of new leases
  • Existing lease reviews
  • Surrender of a lease
  • Termination of a lease
  • General advice on leases

Whether you are purchasing a retail property, selling a commercial property, reviewing a commercial or retail lease agreement, or require some guidance with drafting legal documents relating to the acquisition and financing of your commercial property – Hones Lawyers are your number one choice!

The Hones legal team is made up of a select group of property law experts with a wealth of experience in retail and commercial real estate transactions. Our team of lawyers and licensed conveyancers have been dealing with commercial, industrial and retail lease agreement matters for more than 45 years.

Over the last four decades, we have advised on various types of leasing matters and dealt with numerous commercial and retail lease transactions among local government authorities, institutions, shopping centre operators, investors, self-managed superannuation operators, developers, landlords and tenants.

Some of the commercial and retail leasing services offered by Hones Lawyers include:

  • Preparing licence agreements (either as stand-alone agreements or in conjunction with other transactions)
  • Drafting leases for shopping centres and large commercial buildings and industrial premises
  • Negotiating lease terms (including varying existing lease terms)
  • Reviewing and advising on ‘lease terms’
  • Advising on the interpretation of provisions in a lease (including option and market review provisions)
  • Advising on incentive, fit out and naming rights transactions
  • Advising and acting in dispute matters

At Hones lawyers, we understand that an in-depth knowledge of the changing legislation relating to commercial and retail lease agreements is essential to ensuring our clients are properly advised and well represented.

Our extensive knowledge base regarding the commercial real estate market, combined with our intricate and up to date understanding of the business and financial aspects underlying retail and commercial real estate transactions, always safeguards the best interests of our clients.

We also work collaboratively with all parties involved in a transaction, in the pursuit of achieving the best possible outcomes. The lawyers and conveyancers at Hones are easily accessible and make every effort to maintain regular communication with clients.

Our clients can be sure they will always receive our exclusive attention to detail when it comes to the management of their retail and commercial real estate transactions.

Commercial & Retail Lease Agreements FAQs

What's the difference between a commercial lease and a retail lease?

A commercial lease generally refers to a lease for premises which aren’t used for selling to the public, such as warehouses, industrial sites or offices. A retail lease is a lease used for business premises which engage in the selling of goods. Usually in shopping centres, these premises have additional protection under the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW).

Can I terminate a commercial lease due to COVID-19?

The New South Wales government passed the Retail and other Commercial Leases (Covid-19) Regulations 2020 in April 2020; the provisions became effective from that date and have subsequently been extended. If you have been affected by COVID-19, Hones Lawyers can provide advice to tenants and landlords if parties are unable to come to an agreement regarding a lease.

Can you provide advice on entering a new commercial lease?

Whether you are a new tenant or a landlord, the lawyers at Hones can provide specialist advice on drafting or negotiating a commercial or retail lease. We can also help with registering a new lease as well as offering guidance if there is a lease dispute.

If you would like more information on how we can assist you with your retail and commercial leasing agreements and transactions, contact our team today on 02 8999 6115.

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