Commercial rent reprieve during Covid-19 – In the matter of CBCH (No 2)

The Federal Court of Australia has found that the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic are “extraordinary” and has found that the Administrators of a retail group are justified in causing the group of companies not to pay rent due under leases for a specified period of time. 

Tamasin Jonker led by Vanessa Whittaker SC appeared for the Administrators of the Colette Group in seeking the directions from the Federal Court of Australia.  The decision is one of the first legal cases regarding commercial rent obligations during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

A copy of the judgment can be found here.

Further orders regarding the Administrators’ commercial rent obligations were made yesterday.

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