Some VCAT Cases Worth Noting

By | 17/02/2022

Over the past year there have been some notable cases held at VCAT from the Building and Property List. These cases have wide reaching implications for landlords, agents and tenants of commercial property and provide guidance when interpreting Covid 19 regulations and recent changes to the Retail Leases Act 2003. As you know, Covid 19 effectively shut down many courts and tribunals until they could switch to an online format. Many of these cases contain significant detail and raise, as well as resolve, many issues in the commercial leasing environment.

Here are the cases, some of which have not been widely reported.

Your Local Garage Pty Ltd v Amore (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 676 (24 June 2021)

This case deals with whether a faulty notice of default can be relied upon as a basis for terminating the lease and whether the tenant is required to reimburse the landlord for the cost of procuring public liability insurance.

Evalia Holdings Pty Ltd v Mascoma Metal Design Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 539 (27 May 2021)

This case deals with a monthly tenancy where the landlord sought to increase the rent and issues arose as to the acceptance of the increase which lead to termination of the lease.

Tzilantonis v S & C Thomas Holdings Pty Ltd (Building and Property) (Corrected) [2021] VCAT 486 (20 May 2021)

This was a case where the tenant applied for and was successful in obtaining Covid 19 rent relief.

Splend Pty Ltd v Dickinson Cadd Investments Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 476 (13 May 2021)

This was a case where a lease was varied to remove two options and the tenant sought to rely unsuccessfully on a section 21 claim for 5 years tenure.

Giswick Pty Ltd V Ajaimi (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 267 (24 March 2021)

This is a large compensation claim which was successful against a landlord who failed to maintain a property over several years.

Link & Connect Pty Ltd Vs Seng VCAT 780 (16 July 2021)

This case dealt with a variety of issues including a Section 57 claim under the Act for loss of car parking, alleged errors in a section 146 notice and failure to issue a disclosure statement.

Filomeno Nominees Pty Ltd v Crown Group Pty Ltd VCAT 81 (5 February 2021)

This case dealt with a landlord retaking possession where a tenant was in arrears and did not have an eligible Covid 19 lease.

Wilson V GC Beel Pty Ltd VCAT 142 (19 February 2021)

This case deals with a monthly tenancy which the landlord sought to end. However, the tenant was entitled to relief under section 21 (five years right of tenure) as opposed to a 6 months extension as a section 64 notice was not issued by the landlord.

A.G. & F Italiano Pty Ltd v Rovigo Pty Ltd VCAT 13910 (9 December 2020)

This was a case where premises were used for pasta manufacturing and pasta sales to the public were not deemed to be retail premises in accordance with the Act.

Please feel free to contact our office if you wish to discuss any of the above cases further.

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Bill DiDonna

Written by Bill DiDonna 

Bill has more than 35 years of property management experience across Melbourne’s suburban commercial property market. He is a licenced estate agent, has an Associate Diploma in Real Estate Valuations (RMIT),is currently a committee member on the Commercial and Industrial chapter of the REIV and takes a keen interest in legal issues, trends and insights affecting property.

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