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Lease Disputes

With most businesses operating out of leased premises, it is extremely important that you know your legal position in respect of your lease. The more you understand your rights and obligations as a lessor or lessee, the easier it is to avoid disputes. As a landlord, avoiding disputes is essential in lessening any chance of problems in relation to your income generated from the property. On the other hand, tenants need to be aware of their rights so their business operation or living arrangements are not affected. Leases are generally regulated by the lease document itself. Additionally, leases are regulated by common law and legislation such as the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Cth) .


How can retail lease disputes arise?

There are many issues that can arise in respect of leases, including:

  • Breach of lease;
  • Failure to pay amounts due including rent;
  • Damage to premises;
  • Maintenance of premises;
  • Authorization of work on premises;
  • Subletting;
  • Outgoings;
  • Eviction;
  • Failure to vacate;
  • Security deposits;
  • Rent reviews;
  • Options in lease; and Assignments.

How can retail lease disputes arise?

Without proper guidance lease disputes can result in excessive and costly outcomes. It is important that when you have an issue related to a lease that you seek proper legal advice. Our solicitors are experts in lease disputes and can provide assistance with commercial leases in a number of capacities.


How we can help

Our focus here at Ramsden Lawyers is to provide our clients with seamless, cost effective solutions in all property leasing disputes. The litigation and dispute resolution team at Ramsden Lawyers has extensive experience in the area of retail lease disputes and can offer services to both prospective and existing landlords and tenants.

We are equipped to deal with any matter in relation to leases, and have experience with:

  • The Retail Shop Leases Act (RSLA);
  • The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT); and
  • Court proceedings.
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How we can help

The Gold Coast team recognize that the quick resolution of these matters is vital to enable the parties to continue running their businesses, whether they be the landlord or tenant. Lead by Partner, Derek Finch, the team is well equipped to resolve your dispute in a cost-effective manner that is suited to your desired outcome.

Contact us today on (07) 5592 1921 to schedule a consultation on the Gold Coast. The litigation and dispute resolution team will use their experience in the area to find the best solution for you.

For further Information on the RSLA see:

Legislation Queensland – Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld).

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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