Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath

September 17, 2020

The State Government moratorium on evictions for commercial leaseholders has been extended to the end of 2020.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the three-month extension, effective to December 31, would be welcome news for thousands of Queensland businesses.

“It means that to the end of 2020 commercial leaseholders under affected leases can’t have their lease terminated if they fall into arrears as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

“Since the moratorium was introduced in March, landlords and tenants have worked together in good faith to tackle the economic challenges we’re facing.

“This extension is about giving businesses, and the thousands of workers they employ, the certainty they need in these challenging times.

Small Business Minister Shannon Fentiman said extending the code means that it was not too late for businesses to come forward and receive assistance under the code until December 31.

“Our small business Commissioner, Maree Adshead, has been doing a fantastic job mediating small business leasing disputes,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Since opening in late May, the Small Business Commissioner’s office has already assisted hundreds of leasing disputes.”

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