Coronavirus (COVID-19) support for commercial tenants
If your business has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), support is available to help you manage your commercial lease and rental obligations.
Government and banking support provided for landlords is conditional upon them passing on the benefits to their tenants, through rent reductions or relaxing of tenants' obligations.
Negotiating with your landlord
The Queensland Government has introduced regulations under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, in response to the mandatory Code of conduct for commercial leasing (PDF, 235KB) released by the Australian Government.
The regulations guide landlords and tenants affected by COVID-19 in their negotiations for temporary changes to leasing arrangements.
Find out more about the code and how you can negotiate for commercial rent relief during COVID-19.
Negotiating is a skill that can be learned. Learn more about negotiating successfully.
Seeking professional advice
You may like to seek independent advice for your individual situation, such as from a business advisor or a legal professional.
If you have been impacted by COVID-19 you may be able to access the free Small Business Financial Counselling program to discuss your financial position. The program can also:
- confidentially asses your financial position, cash flow and viability
- identify appropriate business options and help you develop an action plan
- help you negotiate with lenders and creditors
- help you prepare for meetings with professional services providers from both private and government sectors.
If you are having trouble getting on top of your rent payments, contact your bank to discuss options that may be available to assist you.
Find advice on financial support from the Australian Banking Association.
Always try and resolve disputes by having a discussion with your landlord first. In general, there are 5 steps to dispute resolution. The first 3 steps involve attempting to resolve the dispute yourself. The final 2 steps involve liaising with third-party mediation services, courts and tribunals.
If you are unable to reach an agreement with your landlord about the concessions they will provide, you or your landlord can refer the matter for mediation to the Queensland Small Business Commissioner.
Learn more about your options for commercial lease disputes.
- Read the Prime Minister's statement highlighting commercial tenancies.
- Contact the National Debt Helpline for free independent advice, resources and information on how to manage your debts or negotiate with creditors.
- Read about the Australian Government's Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme that provides a guarantee to small and medium enterprise (SME) lenders for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital.
- Find information on business recovery to help you reopen and grow your business as coronavirus (COVID-19) business restrictions ease.
- Last reviewed: 3 Mar 2021
- Last updated: 3 Mar 2021