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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted numerous aspects of life, including commercial tenancy agreements in Queensland. With many businesses struggling, it`s important for landlords and tenants to understand how the pandemic affects their lease agreements and what steps they can take to navigate these challenging times.

Firstly, it`s important for both parties to review their lease agreement to determine if there are any clauses that address unexpected events such as pandemics. If there are, they should be followed accordingly. If not, both parties may need to consider negotiating new terms to accommodate the current situation.

Landlords and tenants should also be aware of the government measures put in place to support businesses during the pandemic. In Queensland, there is a Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct which provides guidelines for landlords and tenants to negotiate temporary amendments to their lease agreements. This includes rent relief, reductions or waivers, and deferrals.

To apply for these measures, both parties will need to demonstrate financial hardship caused by COVID-19. This may include providing evidence of decreased revenue or increased expenses related to the pandemic. It`s important to note that tenants must continue to pay rent to the best of their ability and any rent reductions must be proportionate to the decline in their revenue.

If landlords and tenants are unable to come to an agreement, they may seek mediation or arbitration to resolve their dispute. The Queensland government has established a Small Business Commissioner who can provide mediation services free of charge to eligible businesses.

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for commercial tenancy agreements in Queensland. However, by understanding their lease agreements, government guidelines, and seeking mediation if necessary, landlords and tenants can work together to navigate these uncertain times.