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How to sublease or assign a retail lease in West Australia

Circumstances may arise when a tenant seeks to sub-let or assign their lease over retail premises. There are strict guidelines on method of seeking consent and whether the landlord is permitted to withhold their consent.

If your tenant is seeking consent to sub-let or assign their retail lease, remember:

  • Your tenant must comply with the legislation – including seeking consent in writing;
  • Failure to respond may imply landlord consent;
  • Be mindful that the landlord must respond within a certain timeframe;
  • Check the terms of your lease whether ‘absolute discretion’ permitted;
  • Generally cannot unreasonably withhold consent
    • Consult the relevant legislation in your jurisdiction as to whether you can withhold consent and under what circumstances; and
  • If you are unsure about consenting to sub-letting or assigning a lease over your retail premises, consult independent legal advice.

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These are the details specific to the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 in West Australia

Disclosure Details

N/A

Landlord Response Time

28 days

Circumstances Landlord consent may be withheld

Landlord may only withhold consent on reasonable grounds (section 10)

No Response Implies Consent?

Yes

Absolute Discretion permitted?

No

Other

N/A

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By Ian MacLeod

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