Personal Property Securities Act and leases
All By Lawyers Lease Publications have been updated to include new commentary on the implications of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) for landlords and tenants when entering into a new lease and on assignment. The Retainer instructions and To do list precedents have also been updated to ensure that these important considerations are not overlooked.
Leases often encompass personal property, such as fit-out owned by the landlord made available under the lease, or plant and equipment owned by the tenant left in the premises on abandonment.
In such situations, the PPSA can operate to deprive the true owner of their rights if not recorded on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). For example, unless a landlord registers a security interest on the PPSR in relation to their personal property which is in the possession of a tenant, they may not be adequately protected against claims on the property by third parties including the tenant’s financier.
At the time of entering into a new lease or on assignment, a landlord should consider whether registration of a security interest is required in relation to any personal property. Consideration should also be given to the inclusion of a PPSA clause in the lease to allow the landlord to enforce security interests in personal property. Any such clause must be reasonable, should be confined only to the relevant personal property concerning the lease and should not affect the tenant’s ability to obtain finance or provide security to their financier.