On 9 September 2011 I posted an article entitled “Can a landlord’s failure to comply with s.52 constitute repudiatory conduct?”. In Hann-Woodlock v ADMR Pty Ltd  VCAT 1776 Senior Member Walker held that the landlord had breached repair covenants contained in the lease and, with respect to a leaking roof, had breached the repair term imported into retail leases by s.52 of the Retail Leases Act 2003. Section 52 imposes an obligation on landlords to maintain in a condition consistent with the condition of the premises when the lease was entered “the structure” of the premises, among other things. The Senior Member held that the breaches amounted to a repudiation which had been accepted by the tenant. Damages were awarded to the tenant.
Breach of s.52 can amount to repudiatory conduct