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.