Are you an industrial tenant and think you’re not covered by the Retail Leases Act? Think Again!

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We would rarely expect that an industrial tenant may be deemed as ‘retail’ under the Retail Leases Act 2003 (the Act), but a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Victoria means that we need to question all industrial leases in Victoria. Previously we would use the ‘ultimate consumer’ test to determine if a tenant […]

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Industrial tenants – tips to help your FM recover repair costs from the Landlord

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Communication with landlords is the key when making sure your facility managers are equipped to recover costs from the landlord for repairs which are not the tenant’s obligation under the lease. Generally speaking, and each industrial lease is different, the tenant is responsible for preventative maintenance and general repairs and the landlord is responsible for […]

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How we measure commercial real estate experience

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We often hear people referring to their ‘experience’ – whether they’re trying to sell to us or we read it in a media article, but what really is experience? One person’s gauge of good experience can vary greatly from another’s. Experience shouldn’t be counted in years, but in the work that you do, the results […]

What’s involved in a lease renewal?

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What’s involved in a Lease Renewal?   At least 18 months out from the expiration of your existing lease you should be considering whether you will be seeking a lease renewal or possibly relocating. Allowing plenty of time is important to weigh up the options available to you and allow you to make well informed […]

Leasing your first commercial office

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For a lot of start-ups and small businesses there comes a point when working from the kitchen table just won’t cut it anymore. With clients tripping over kids toys and constantly moving your ‘desk’ to make way for dinner, you start to dream about the perfect commercial office.   Is it light filled with fresh […]

Handing back keys after vacating commercial property

Vacating Your Leased Commercial Property

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When vacating a commercial property, there are a number of things that must be done before you can hand back the keys to the Landlord. Most of what is required should be documented within your lease, however you must ensure that you read this carefully as the information can be hard to find. So what […]