Presentation on Landlords and Tenants: Rights, Obligations & Relief Amidst COVID-19

Presentation on Landlords and Tenants- Rights, Obligations & Relief Amidst COVID-19



Presentation on Landlords and Tenants: Rights, Obligations & Relief Amidst COVID-19

Date Published: 18 May 2020 

Presented by: Jimmy Yap and Cinda Sim.

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act – A balanced piece of legislation?

At first glance and with a lack of clarity on its actual workings at the time the Act was urgently passed, the relief measures relating to commercial leases seemed to be lop-sided in favour of the tenants. But reading on carefully and with the gradual gazetting of its actual workings, one thing becomes clear. There is no doubt that these measures were put in place to help tenants of commercial leases cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19. But landlords have the right to challenge the tenant’s notification for relief if it is not caused by Covid-19 event, and are not precluded from exercising their rights in the appropriate situations.

Get To Know The Presenters

Jimmy Yap is a Partner at CNPLaw LLP. His main areas of practice for non-contentious work are Indonesia related corporate and commercial matters – such as investment into Indonesia, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and franchising & licensing. In addition, he also focuses on Singapore and Hong Kong IPO-related legal due diligence.


For contentious matters, Jimmy’s primary focus is on Adjudication (Building and Construction) under the Security of Payment Act, and International Arbitration. He was cited by AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2008 as one of the legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of Dispute Resolution, and Construction & Property.


Cinda Sim Partner at CNPLaw and she provides legal services that include corporate real estate and retail conveyancing


Cinda is a pioneer of sorts, having experienced and worked through many “firsts” in Singapore’s real estate history and scene. One of these was the start of the collective sales trend of private estates. Another “first” was the birth of executive condominiums in Singapore.


Practice Areas:
Dispute Resolution and Real Estate