On 29 May a new WA code of conduct (the code) became law.
The code, based on the national code released by the National Cabinet on 7 April, implements key principles for tenants and landlords to follow in order to negotiate rent relief for tenants suffering financial stress due to COVID-19.
All parties in a small commercial lease (landlords and tenants) must comply with the code to negotiate temporary variations to the lease, including rent relief, to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All parties must follow these guidelines when negotiating rent relief:
The legislation applies during the emergency period 30 March 2020 to 29 September 2020 (unless this period is extended). Download this easy to understand summary of the legislation, what it means for tenants and landlords, and key dates.
What is Revive WA?
Revive WA is a community initiative designed to help WA’s post-Covid economic revival. It started with an online video encouraging people to ‘do their bit’ and support their tourist towns, but Revive WA is bigger than that.
The Revive WA logo will soon be free for all WA businesses to use, to remind their customers to ‘shop local’. The film and the initiative were created free-of charge, by a collective of over 40 of WA’s advertising, film and production professionals to raise awareness that the ‘Buy Local’ message also extends to local creative and production services. The collective state "We see the work we’ve created for this initiative as a great way to highlight the incredible creative and production talent we have right here in WA."
In recent years, many WA brands have shifted some of their production and creative strategy over to advertising agencies and production companies based on the East Coast. "We’d love the Revive WA idea to inspire big WA businesses and government departments to support local suppliers in terms of using WA creative and production agencies and freelancers whenever possible, rather than spending their budgets".
For more information, see The Revive WA film on Facebook here or contact Kate Downie (0412 882 279; firstname.lastname@example.org).