The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act – A balanced piece of legislation?

At first glance and with a lack of clarity on its actual workings at the time the Act was urgently passed, the relief measures relating to commercial leases seemed to be lop-sided in favour of the tenants. But reading on carefully and with the gradual gazetting of its actual workings, one thing becomes clear. There is no doubt that these measures were put in place to help tenants of commercial leases cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19. But landlords have the right to challenge the tenant's notification for relief if it is not caused by Covid-19 event, and are not precluded from exercising their rights in the appropriate situations.

Originally published 18th May 2020

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