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Retail shop leases

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Your rights and obligations

The Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (the Act) sets out laws which apply to retail shop leases in Queensland. It is important that as a retail landlord or tenant you are aware of your rights and obligations under the Act before entering into a retail shop lease.

Guidelines are being prepared and will be published here shortly to help you understand your rights and obligations under the Act and key aspects of leasing a retail shop.

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The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2016 commenced on 25 November 2016.

To find out more, read about key changes under the Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2016.

Tenants and landlords should seek legal advice on what these changes will mean for new or existing leases and their individual rights and obligations under the Act.

Retail shop lease disputes

Before seeking alternative dispute resolution (ADR) assistance from a third party, you should always attempt to resolve the dispute yourself.

The Queensland Small Business Commissioner may be able to assist with mediating commercial lease disputes. You could also be eligible for assistance from the:

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