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Frustration, not fortitude, in the restaurant business

The legal doctrine should be applied to allow restaurants to opt out of their lease without default, instead of trudging along on the back of rental reliefs.

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Restaurants are stuck in the void between their obligation to pay rent and the prohibition on using their leased space.

THE government's rental reliefs under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act and its accompanying Amendment Act reflect the recognition that the obligation to pay rent has become impossible for restaurants (and other commercial tenants) to perform.

In fact, that these tenants cannot pay...

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