What kind of expenses am I expected to incur when entering into a Retail Lease?

We get this question a lot and it’s a tough one to answer! Not because we can’t – it’s just difficult to answer such a general question. There is no hard and fast answer to this question as it will depend on a large number of factors. In addition to rent, there are all sorts of costs that you would have to incur when you enter into a Retail Lease. These are both ongoing or one-off. Generally however you would incur the following outgoings:

  • Rent
  • Water Rates
  • Local Council Rates
  • Land Tax
  • Electricity Rates
  • Local Council Parking Levies (if premises offer council parking)
  • Local Council Outdoor Seating License (if premises have outdoor seating)
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Glass Replacement Insurance
  • Building Administrative and Maintenance Fees(if premises is part of strata)
  • Marketing Fees (if premises is part of a larger shopping complex)

Outgoings will change depending on:

  • Floor space
  • Location
  • Value of the premises
  • Equipment on the premises
  • What you are doing

The above is a non-exhaustive list of matters. As stated there is no hard and fast answer to “what is expected” and “how much” it is expected to cost as these matters will change depending on where you want to lease. This is a matter for homework and you’ll likely get these answers once you’ve properly investigated the location of where you want to lease. But this isn’t a chicken and egg dilemma – in NSW the Retail Leases Act says that the landlord of retail premises must issue a “disclosure statement” to all potential lessees that sets out what these costs are before the lessee enters into the lease agreement.

Retail Leases can be complex – if you are entering into one, give us a call and we’ll guide you through the process and assist you with your transaction.

New National Business Names Register

We have written about the difference between business names and trade marks on our associated blog. Business names are separate from trade marks and you must register a business name if you are trading under a different name from you or your company’s name.

The Australian Federal Government has taken concrete steps towards reforming the way that business names are managed in Australia and has passed the Business Names Registration Act 2011 in November 2011. The Act establishes a National Business Names Register which will be administered by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and will streamline and consolidate the various business name registration schemes in each state and territory.

The objectives of the reforms are to:

  • Allow for online applications and registrations for business names and ABNs
  • Provide an online database to allow ease of access and searching
  • Streamline and consolidate the various┬áschemes into one scheme
  • Reduce costs
  • Avoid confusion over similar names
  • Determine if names are unsuitable or undesirable

The National Business Names Register is now live and can be found at ASIC’s website.