Before you sign, do you understand that a retail lease could be the biggest financial commitment you will make in your life?

A lease is a legally binding contract and enforceable by law. You and your landlord have clearly defined rights and responsibilities under lease agreements. Never sign a lease unless you completely understand and agree with all the clauses. Make sure you get good financial and legal advice before you sign anything.

The laws about leases vary between States and Territories. This guide covers general issues but you will still need to contact your State/Territory business association or government department to get local information.

Every State and Territory has local information available from their retail leasing information units. The resource pages in this guide tell you how to find your State or Territory’s information unit.