WA – Temporary COVID-19 relief for tenants: commercial and residential and ‘Code of Conduct’ facility (but no land tax relief)

On Tuesday 14 April 2020, the Western Australian Government announced legislation to provide temporary protection for both residential and commercial tenants, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears that there is no associated land tax relief. There have been similar announcements in NSW (commercial & residential), Victoria and Queensland. See below for a summary. [Tax Month…

Queensland land tax rebates and ‘leasing principles’ (rent freeze, eviction protection, etc.) – both residential & commercial

The Queensland Government announced ‘land tax’ relief on 15 April 2020 (updated on 17.4.20) for landlords who have accommodated either residential or commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – on a property by property basis. Conditions for this relief include compliance with ‘leasing principles’ announced on 9 April 2020, which differ for residential and…

Victorian Land Tax and Tenancy relief (both residential and commercial) – foreshadowing legislation consistent with the nationally announced ‘Code of Conduct’

On Wednesday, 15 April 2020, the Victorian Premier  COVID-19 relief measures for both landlords and tenants – both residential and commercial. The measures are intended to be in line with the Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Leasing Principles During COVID-19 announced by the Prime Minister on 7 April 2020 and foreshadow enacting the legislation anticipated in this announcement (see…