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RETAIL LEASES ACT 1994 - SECT 35

Demolition

35 Demolition

(1) If a retail shop lease provides for termination of the lease on the grounds of proposed demolition of the building or any part of the building of which the retail shop forms part, the lease is taken to include provision to the following effect:
(a) The lease cannot be terminated on that ground unless and until the lessor has provided the lessee with details of the proposed demolition sufficient to indicate a genuine proposal for demolition within a reasonably practicable time after the lease is to be terminated.
(a1) The lease cannot be terminated by the lessor on that ground unless the proposed demolition cannot be carried out practicably without vacant possession of the shop.
(b) The lease cannot be terminated by the lessor on that ground without at least 6 months written notice of termination.
(c) If notice of termination on that ground is given to the lessee, the lessee may terminate the lease by giving the lessor not less than 7 days written notice of termination at any time within 6 months before the termination date notified by the lessor.
(2) If the lease is for a term of 12 months or less, the period of 6 months in subsection (1) (b) and (c) is shortened in each case to 3 months.
(3) If a retail shop lease is terminated on such a ground and the proposed demolition is not carried out within a reasonably practicable time after the termination date notified by the lessor, the lessor is liable to pay the lessee reasonable compensation for damage suffered by the lessee as a consequence of the early termination of the lease, unless the lessor establishes that at the time notice of termination was given by the lessor there was a genuine proposal to demolish within that time.
(3A) If a retail shop lease is terminated on such a ground, the lessor is liable to pay the lessee compensation for the fitout of the retail shop if the lessee is required under the lease to fit out the retail shop, whether or not the proposed demolition is carried out.
(4) For the purposes of this section,
"demolition" includes repair, renovation and reconstruction.



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