Property & Leasing

We can help you finalise your commercial lease agreement or retail lease for premises in NSW.

For Landlords – we can prepare the lease agreement for you to put forward for leasing your shop, office, restaurant, bar, industrial site, or other commercial premises.

When your business considers leasing premises, we can review and advise on the lease documents proposed by the Landlord’s solicitor, recommend lease updates, and negotiate them on your behalf. We can also advise you on any Heads of Agreement that precedes the formal tenancy agreement.

We can also represent you in commercial leasing or shop tenancy disputes.


Stevensen Business Lawyers’ (SBL) services include:

  • Reviewing and advising on a commercial lease agreement NSW;
  • Reviewing and advising on a retail  premises lease under the Retail Leases Act (NSW);
  • Preparing the documents for the assignment of a lease of commercial, industrial, restaurant, or shop premises;
  • Advising you, as a proposed Tenant, on recommended updates to a proposed new lease to better protect your legal position;
  • Negotiate the terms of a proposed lease on your behalf, either as the Landlord or as the Tenant.


SBL can also advise a Tenant or Lessee on your legal position under an existing lease and your rights and obligations under the NSW Retail Leases Act, property law, and conveyancing law, including options for a lease renewal or lease termination.

We can advise and represent you in a retail or a commercial leasing dispute, including representing you at third-party mediation. We can prepare and start your case in the NSW Supreme Court or the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) when you are in a lease dispute.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions


Both a commercial lease and a retail tenancy lease are leases of commercial premises or non-residential property, usually for operating a business. Either of these lease types can be a lease agreement with the Landlord or a sublease or licence from the existing Tenant.

In New South Wales, commercial leases are covered by rules under the Real Property Act NSW 1900 and the common law (i.e., judge-made law). When you operate a retail business, such as a shop, a restaurant or a cafe, the lease of premises is a retail tenancy lease or retail lease. In NSW, retail tenancy leases are under a different set of rules, which are set down in the Retail Leases Act NSW 1994.