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Federal Court ruling casts doubt over rent relief

Rent has been a thorny subject throughout the Covid-19 crisis. The merits of rent relief has been debated from the beginning of the lockdown, and even when guidelines were drafted and implemented, many landlords didn’t necessarily come to the table to work with businesses. With some retailers refusing to pay rent during store closures and others attempting to renegotiate leases, rent is a hot topic for bricks-and-mortar businesses right now. And while many retailers have been placed into volun