Commercial & Retail Leasing

Commercial & Retail Leasing

We regard ourselves as experts in the commercial leasing space Australia wide. We provide landlords and tenants with legal advice across the full range of leasing issues from drafting leases and associated documents through to conclusion of the leases.


Are you considering leasing a commercial property in Melbourne or elsewhere? Are you concerned about your obligations under your lease? Is your lease fair? It is vital that you have a commercial leasing lawyer review the lease before you sign it.

We can potentially help you save money by asking and negotiating the right terms. The landlord’s agent works for the landlord. We work you.

Our approach is to explain all the terms and conditions of the lease and all relevant issues associated with the lease to you in plain English to ensure that you fully understand your rights and obligations before you enter into any agreement including retail leases, factory leases, warehouse leases and expert areas such as service stations.

We can provide end to end advice to both landlords and tenants including:

  • New Leases
  • Permitted use of the premises
  • Commencement/termination date
  • Requirements of security bond or guarantee
  • Assignment (Transfer) of Lease
  • Sublease
  • Hours of trading
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Offer To Lease
  • Breach of Lease
  • Rent Review
  • Termination of Lease
  • Lease Disputes
  • Lock Outs
  • Outgoings
  • Rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord
  • Who is responsible for repairs and maintenance of the premises and the equipment
What you Need to Know as a Tenant

If the lease is a retail lease, it must be registered with the Small Business Commissioner, provided that the term of a lease is more than 5 years, including any renewal period.

Tenants must make their own enquiries in relation to permission from Council or other government authority with respect to the permitted use of the premises

The landlord’s conduct must not be “unconscionable” or “misleading and deceptive”. Notwithstanding  the terms and conditions of a lease always has a clause to the effect that the tenant should make his or her own enquiries and should not rely on any representations made by either the landlord or the landlord’s agent with respect to the premises.

Call us now on 1300 907 335 or fill out the contact form on this page. You can also visit our dedicated leasing pages: commercial leasing


A good reliable tenant and a strong lease adds values to your commercial property.

Ensuring that you are protected going into a new lease will potentially increase your return on you investment. Poorly drafted terms that are unclear can leave an opening for disputes and potential litigation.

As commercial lease lawyers we understand the impact that leases have on commercial properties and can advise you and help negotiate the best terms with your tenant.

Having experienced legal advisors that understand commercial issues can help you navigate difficult situations. Our advice can help you avoid disputes and maintain a good relationship with your tenant.

If you have issues that become litigious we practice in many jurisdictions and work to have problems resolved quickly.

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