Continued support for commercial tenants and landlords in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Although commercial tenants are no longer entitled by law to rent relief now that the Victorian Government’s Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) has ended, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is still providing free and impartial mediation to help resolve commercial rent relief disputes in response to the pandemic.
We are providing guidance in how to negotiate in good faith and reach a fair agreement after 28 March 2021. Where an agreement can’t be reached, either the tenant or landlord can apply for mediation using our retail leases dispute form.
We are also providing mediation under the Scheme where the dispute relates to a tenant’s written rent relief request that was made:
- from 29 September 2020 to 28 March 2021 and complies with the Scheme’s requirements – tenants and landlords can apply using our dispute form for the Scheme
- from 29 March 2020 to 28 September 2020 and complies with the Scheme’s requirements – tenants and landlords can apply using our retail leases dispute form.
For rent relief disputes before 28 March 2021 where the Scheme doesn’t apply and parties are wanting help to resolve the matter, either the tenant or landlord can apply for mediation using our retail leases dispute form.
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