NSW Government to shield shop owners

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 14th April 2008

The NSW Government is set to create the ‘Office of the Retail Advocate’ to help protect shop owners from deceitful landlords, according to reports from News Ltd. The Office would have the power to seize landlord documents if they employ predatory tactics against their tenants and will also be able to prosecute landlords on behalf of tenants who would otherwise lack the financial capacity to take their landlord to court.

According to News Ltd, a tenants hotline received 6000 calls from tenants referring to dodgy landlords; indicating the need for greater protection from shop owners at the mercy of their landlords.