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ARL LAWYERS – Covid-19 update

ARL Lawyers are back in the office and seeing clients once again! We have strict health and safety practices in place and social distancing will be maintained. If you would like an appointment to see us, please call first.  

Covid-19 and Commercial Leases

On 25 March 2020, New Zealand was placed under a Level 4 Alert lockdown for COVID-19. As a result, many commercial tenants have been unable to access their premises.

This raises the following question: Should tenants continue to pay rent if they are unable to access their premises?

If the lease is recorded on the Sixth Edition of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) form of lease, then a “no access” clause may apply. This “no access’ clause provides for a reduction in rent where there is an emergency (including an epidemic), and the Tenant cannot access the premises to fully conduct the Tenant’s business from the premises.

An inability to access the premises doesn’t automatically equal a 100% reduction in rent and outgoings during the lockdown period. Rather, the possibility of a rent reduction will depend on every situation’s own merits. In every case, it is essential that tenants and landlords work collaboratively during this period to ensure they come of it commercially viable.

If your business is unable to access its premises, or if you are a Landlord who has been approached concerning your tenant’s inability to access its premises, then please contact us. Our property team experts will give you specific, expert legal advice on how the law applies, and will provide you with pragmatic steps moving forward.

Covid-19 Employment advice 

If you are an employer or an employee and need advice on any employment matters, please call us. We are facing unprecedented times with the Covid-19 pandemic and it is important that you have the correct information and counsel. We have a team of experts who can help you.

Our email address is office@arl-lawyers.co.nz, or you can call us on 04 5666 777.


At ARL Lawyers we provide quality legal services within New Zealand for every situation that affects people, their families and their businesses. We are committed to removing barriers to understanding the law by using plain English, demystifying legal processes and offering pragmatic solutions. We work on the principle that every client is unique and deserves respect. Matters that concern our clients are important to us.

Recognising that no one can be an expert in all matters of law, ARL has developed four specialist teams with experts in commercial and property matters, family law, dispute resolution and trusts and estates. This unique specialist combination gives us a breadth and depth of expertise rarely found in one firm. So when you instruct a lawyer at ARL you are not instructing an individual, instead, you are instructing a team of legal specialists.

Based in central Lower Hutt, we are just 15 minutes from downtown Wellington.