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Look before you lease: Avoiding the pitfalls in retail leasing

Release date: 1 January 2012

Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

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This booklet was authored by the then Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education as part of the Small Business portfolio policy functions which have since been transferred to the Treasury.

This booklet is designed for people thinking about signing a new lease for a business location. It can help you answer general questions about retail leasing all over Australia, but remember there are some specific differences among the States and Territories.

The purpose of the booklet is to help you avoid mistakes that others have made. If you know what questions to ask before signing a lease, and where to look for more information, you might avoid expensive misunderstandings that could cost you your business.

This booklet is a guide to help you ask the right questions. It cannot replace professional advice but it can help you focus on what advice you will need.

The booklet gives you warnings and checklists to help you decide how and when to ask for expert help. You should get advice from a solicitor, your local retail tenancy office, small or retail business association, or fair trading office before you sign anything.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012

This edition published 2012. First published 1999.

This work is copyright. You may download, display, print and reproduce this material in unaltered form only (retaining this notice) for your personal, non-commercial use or use within your organisation. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Attorney General's Department, Robert Garran Offices, National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600 or posted at the Attoryney-Generals' Department licensing and use of Commonwealth material page.

To the extent permitted by law, the Australian Government, its employees, agents and consultants and the compilers of this document, expressly disclaim all and any liability for any loss or damage (including indirect special, or consequential loss or damage) to any person in respect of anything and in respect of the consequences of anything done, or omitted to be done, by any person in reliance, whether in whole or part, upon the whole or any part of the contents of this document.

This guide has been reviewed by Alison Pratt and Brie Weatherstone of King & Wood Mallesons for the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Look before you lease: Avoiding the pitfalls in retail leasing

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