COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Regulations 2020
I, the Governor in and over the State of Tasmania and its Dependencies in the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Executive Council, make the following regulations under the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Act 2020 .20 July 2020
By Her Excellency's Command,
Minister for Building and Construction
These regulations may be cited as the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Regulations 2020 .
These regulations take effect on the day on which their making is notified in the Gazette.
In these regulations statutory charge means (a) land tax, within the meaning of the Land Tax Act 2000 ; and(b) rates payable under the Local Government Act 1993 ; and(c) any fee or charge, payable under an Act, that, if it is not paid, becomes, under an Act, a charge on land;the Act means the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Act 2020 .
(1) For the purposes of the definition of rent in section 17(1) of the Act, turnover is prescribed to be a factor.(2) For the purposes of subregulation (1) , turnover includes gross takings, gross receipts, gross income and any similar concept.(3) For the purposes of calculating turnover, in relation to a protected lease, for the purposes of section 17(1) of the Act, the following are not to be included:(a) the amount of losses incurred in the resale or disposal of merchandise reasonably and properly purchased from customers as trade-ins in the usual course of business;(b) the amount of deposits and instalments that are received on account of lay-bys, hire purchase or credit sales and that are refunded to customers;(c) the amount of a refund on a transaction when the proceeds of the transaction have been included as part of turnover;(d) the amount of any service charge, finance charge, or interest charge, payable to any financier in connection with provision of credit to customers (other than commission on credit cards or store cards);(e) the price of merchandise exchanged between shops of the lessee, if the exchange is made solely for the convenient operation of the business of the lessee and not for the purpose of concluding a sale made at or from the premises to which the lease relates;(f) the price of merchandise returns to shippers, wholesalers or manufacturers;(g) the proceeds of sales, of the fixtures and fittings of the lessee in respect of the premises to which the protected lease relates, after their use in the conduct of business at or from those premises;(h) the amount of discounts allowed to customers in the normal course of business;(i) the amount of uncollected credit accounts that are written off;(j) the amount paid or payable as GST by the lessee in respect of the premises to which the protected lease relates;(k) the amount of delivery charges;(l) the amount received from the sale of lottery tickets or similar tickets (other than commission on sales of lottery tickets or similar tickets);(m) the amount of revenue from online transactions, other than online transactions (i) where the goods or services concerned are delivered or provided from or at the premises to which the protected lease relates (or a shopping centre of which the premises to which the protected lease relates forms part); or(ii) where the transaction takes place while the purchaser is at the premises to which the protected lease relates, whether or not the goods or services concerned are delivered or provided from or at the premises.
Section 18 of the Act does not apply in relation to a party to a protected lease at a time if the time occurs within the 3-month period after the day on which renegotiation of the rent payable under the lease most recently concluded, unless the parties to the protected lease have agreed in writing that this regulation does not apply in relation to a period in which the time occurs.
(1) If the fixed amount that the protected lessee is required under the provision of the protected lease to pay is reduced in the same proportion as the proportion by which the amount of the statutory charge, or insurance premium, payable by the lessor has been reduced.(a) a protected lessee is required by a provision of a protected lease to pay (otherwise than as part of rent) a fixed amount that represents an amount of a statutory charge, or insurance premium, payable by the lessor; and(b) the amount of the statutory charge, or insurance premium, payable by the lessor is reduced (2) Subregulation (1) does not apply in relation to a protected lessee if the protected lessee agrees, in writing, with the lessor that the subregulation does not apply to the protected lessee.
If a dispute in relation to a protected lease is a dispute to which section 22(a) of the Act applies, clause 39 of Schedule 1 to the Fair Trading (Code of Practice for Retail Tenancies) Regulations 1998 does not apply in relation to the dispute.
Displayed and numbered in accordance with the Rules Publication Act 1953.
Notified in the Gazette on 24 July 2020
These regulations are administered in the Department of Justice.