While Victorian salon owners may be preparing to head back to work later this month, the pressure of meeting their rental obligations is likely the cause of much distress.

With that in mind, the newly announced rental relief regulations are sure to be welcomed by salon owners across the state.

The new regulations demand proportional rent relief for commercial tenants and give powers for rent relief orders to be made when landlords refuse to negotiate in good faith with tenants suffering losses due to the pandemic.

“We are extending these emergency commercial rent arrangements to help small businesses trade through to COVID Normal – these regulations lay down the rules unambiguously and we expect all parties to abide by them,” said Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford. “Smaller private landlords who’ve done the right thing by their tenants – by giving them rent relief – can apply for a hardship grant to help ease the pressure and I encourage them to do so.”

The regulations – an extension of March’s Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme – will provide both tenants and landlords with enhanced protection and certainty.

While all rent increases and evictions will be banned until December 31, a free mediation service through the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) will also be available until the end of the year to assist tenants and landlords in resolving rent relief disputes caused by the effects of coronavirus.

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