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About Retail Leases


Managing a retail lease is an important  part of running a successful business.

A lease secures a business’s right to trade at a premises. For the property owner, it can underpin the revenue that supports an investment decision. 

A lease is a major commitment and it is critical that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant (lessee) or landlord (lessor) before you enter a lease agreement and when any issues arise during the term of the lease.

The Commission offers expert advice on retail leases and can help resolve a dispute over a lease through mediation. It may be a requirement under the NSW Retail Leases Act 1994 to try to resolve a dispute through mediation conducted by the Commission (as the Registrar of Retail Tenancy Disputes) before going to court.

Read our Retail Tenancy Guide for advice on entering into, managing and ending a lease. You can also browse common issues and questions on retail leases.

You can also contact us directly for advice.