COVID-19 Commercial Tenancy Support Measures ACT


Support measures are available for ACT business tenants, commercial landlords and owner-operators of commercial properties significantly affected by COVID-19.

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What do you get?

Various support measures.

Who is this for?

ACT business tenants, commercial landlords and owner-operators of commercial properties

Overview

The ACT Government is reinstating measures which require commercial landlords to engage in good faith negotiations with local business tenants hardest hit by COVID-19 during the current ACT lockdown.

The new temporary commercial leases declaration will prevent commercial landlords from taking prescribed actions against tenants impacted by COVID-19, such as terminating their lease without first discussing lease arrangements.

Commercial landlords who offer rent relief may be eligible for a commercial rates credit of up to $5,000. A credit is also available for owner-operators who meet the eligibility criteria. 

The COVID-19 Local Business Commissioner has been re-instated to connect businesses with information about the declaration, financial assistance and mental health support.

Professional mediation services are available to facilitate good faith negotiations between landlords and tenants.

Rent payments will also be waived for the month of September for any business and community sector tenants of government-owned properties that have been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. Tenants who have experienced a 30% reduction in turnover in August will be eligible for a full waiver of their September rent payments.

Find out more about this support at COVID-19 Commercial Tenancy Support Measures.