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Commercial tenancy relief scheme

A scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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  • Commercial tenancy relief scheme
  • Access to free mediation via Victorian Small Business Commission
  • Leasing advice fact sheets in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese

What is the commercial tenancy relief scheme?

The Victorian Government has announced (15 April 2020) a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For commercial tenants and landlords, the scheme will provide the following support:

  • a six-month moratorium on commercial tenancy evictions from 29 March 2020 for the non-payment of rent for small to medium enterprises with an annual turnover under $50 million that have experienced a minimum 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • freeze on rent increases during the moratorium for commercial tenants
  • a rental payment waiver or deferral proportionate to commercial tenants’ income reduction due to coronavirus (COVID-19), to be negotiated between tenant and landlord
  • a mediation service for commercial tenants and landlords to support fair tenancy negotiations.

The Victorian Government will also provide land tax relief to commercial landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants, provided:

  • the tenant’s annual turnover doesn’t exceed $50 million
  • is an eligible business in the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program, and
  • is suffering financial stress or hardship as a result of the pandemic.

The Victorian Government will also provide land tax relief to residential landlords who provide rent relief to eligible tenants.

To understand the process involved for landlords and tenants under the commercial tenancy relief scheme, please see the process for commercial tenancy page.

You can apply for free mediation with the VSBC to resolve your rent dispute, making sure you include a copy of your or your tenant’s lease.

If you would like to discuss your commercial tenancy situation please email the Victorian Small Business Commission at enquiries@vsbc.vic.gov.au or telephone 13 87 22.

Leasing advice fact sheets

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has supplied leasing advice fact sheets in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. For more information for commercial tenents and landlords, visit the VSBC website.

Responding to COVID-19: Leasing advice English (PDF 190.34 KB)PDF icon

Responding to COVID-19: Leasing advice Arabic نصائح التأجير: COVID-19 الإستجابة لجائحة (PDF 240.13 KB)PDF icon

Responding to COVID-19: Leasing advice Simplified Chinese 应对 COVID-19:租赁意见书 (PDF 193.8 KB)PDF icon

Responding to COVID-19: Leasing advice Vietnamese Đối phó với COVID-19: tư vấn về chuyện thuê nhà (PDF 197.6 KB)PDF icon

Leasing advice and scenarios

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has leasing advice and scenarios in English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese. For more information and guidance for commercial tenants and landlords, visit the VSBC website.