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This COVID-19/Coronavirus Rent Reduction Notice can be used by a Landlord to inform Tenants in a rental property that their rental payments will be decreasing. By using this document, the change in rent is documented in writing, preventing misunderstandings, miscommunication, and future disputes over the rent amount due.
Due to the current COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, many people have found themselves unemployed or in otherwise less stable job circumstances. As a result, many Tenants are struggling to pay rent. A Landlord can use this letter to make an agreement with their Tenants to change the rent amount so that it is more manageable and realistic in the economic environment that we now face.
How to use this document
This Notice allows the Landlord to explain the specifics of rent collection, including the original rent amount, the new rent amount, and the frequency with which the Tenant is required to pay rent. The Landlord can also make note of the total amount that the rent payment will be decreasing and when the reduction will come into effect. The Landlord is able to specify whether this rent reduction will be permanent or temporary and lasting only as long as the pandemic. Finally, the Landlord can provide contact information to the Tenant in case the Tenant has any questions or concerns about the new rent amount.
Once the Notice is completed, the Landlord should send a copy to all Tenants on the Lease via certified mail. By sending a letter through certified mail, the Landlord will have a record of when and where the Notice was received by the Tenants. This information could be relevant in case of future dispute or litigation. The Landlord should retain a copy of the Notice for their own records.
Different laws may apply to this matter depending on which state or territory the property is located in, and whether the property has been leased for residential, commercial or retail purposes.
Retail leases are a sub-category of commercial leases (usually for properties that involve a "retail" element, such as a shop front). The laws in each state and territory regarding retail leases also provide more protections to Tenants of retail properties than those of ordinary commercial properties.
Each state and territory also has its own legislation regarding residential tenancies.
Leases are also subject to general principles of contract law, as provided by the common law.
New laws may be passed in the states and territories regarding evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Check for up to date laws and if in doubt, seek legal advice.
Further information or legal assistance, particularly in relation to residential properties is available from consumer affairs offices, tenant unions or tenant advice services in each state and territory. Community legal centres may also provide assistance.
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