Retail Leases Act 1994 No 46
(1) If a retail shop lease provides for termination of the lease on
the grounds of proposed demolition of the building of which the retail shop
forms part, the lease is taken to include provision to the following
(a) The lease cannot be terminated on that ground unless and until the
lessor has provided the lessee with details of the proposed demolition
sufficient to indicate a genuine proposal to demolish that building within a
reasonably practicable time after the lease is to be
(b) The lease cannot be terminated by the lessor on that ground
without at least 6 months written notice of termination.
(c) If notice of termination on that ground is given to the lessee,
the lessee may terminate the lease by giving the lessor not less than 7 days
written notice of termination at any time within 6 months before the
termination date notified by the lessor.
(2) If the lease is for a term of 12 months or less, the period of 6
months in subsection (1) (b) and (c) is shortened in each case to 3
(3) If a retail shop lease is terminated on such a ground and
demolition of the building is not carried out within a reasonably practicable
time after the termination date notified by the lessor, the lessor is liable
to pay the lessee reasonable compensation for damage suffered by the lessee as
a consequence of the early termination of the lease, unless the lessor
establishes that at the time notice of termination was given by the lessor
there was a genuine proposal to demolish the premises within that
(3A) If a retail shop lease is terminated on such a ground, the lessor
is liable to pay the lessee compensation for the fitout of the retail shop if
the lessee is required under the lease to fit out the retail shop, whether or
not the demolition of the building is carried out.
(4) For the purposes of this section, demolition of the building of
which a retail shop forms part includes any substantial repair, renovation or
reconstruction of the building that cannot be carried out practicably without
vacant possession of the shop.