​The approach to calculating rent amid quarantine has been changed

On April 13, 2020 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine amended the legislation regarding lessees’ rights to demand a reduction of rental rate for the quarantine period.

The following new provisions have been established until the quarantine is terminated:

1. Payment for the use of immovable property shall be reduced at the request of the lessee throughout the entire period when the property could not have been used in full because of the restrictions imposed.

2. The amount of payment shall be agreed upon by the parties to the lease agreement. However, the maximum amount of payment may not exceed the aggregate amount of expenses that the lessor has made or will have to make in the relevant period for land payment, real estate tax payment, utility costs (in proportion to the rented space).

3. If the lease agreement already stipulates that the lessee pays the specified expenses on his/her own, then in that case additional amounts of rent are not paid.