Effect of the Covid-19 Bill on Housing and Tenancies

 
Effect of the Covid-19 Bill on Housing and Tenancies

 

 On the 25th of August 2020, the Dewan Rakyat passed the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“Covid-19 Bill“). The Covid-19 Bill consists of 19 parts and 59 sections, modifying 16 written laws and these modifications will have retrospective effect.

Amongst the legislations affected are Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966, Distress Act 1951, as well as certain types of contracts.

This Alert highlights for our clients the effect of the Covid-19 Bill on housing and tenancies in two separate articles

1. Housing

The Bill aims to provide temporary relief for those who are unable to perform their contractual obligations due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the housing development industry. This article highlights the modifications to the Housing Development (Control And Licensing) Act 1966 which will be brought about when the Covid-19 Bill comes into force, and analyses the implications of the same.

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2.Tenancies

No doubt, commercial tenancies have been one of the most affected areas arising out of this Covid-19 pandemic, all the more with the implementation of the MCO, CMCO and RMCO curtailing certain sectors from operating at full capacity. This article explores the effect of Covid-19 Bill on the Landlord’s ability to take action with regards to non-performance by the Tenant.

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CCLC regularly advises on a wide range of housing and tenancy matters, litigation, commercial contracts and corporate exercises including mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, corporate restructuring, and banking and financing. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries, and we would be happy to assist.

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to be used as a substitute for specific legal advice. Please contact us if you require legal advice or if you have specific queries.