Reply To: As a SME business owner who rents a reasonably large office in Wellington CBD, I want to know where I stand with having to pay upcoming utilities bills (specifically power) for a space that I don’t have access to, and can’t use. I know power use will be less than when occupied but I’m sure it will still be ticking over. Do we have grounds to withhold payment to our Power retailer?

Hi John

Regarding rent, this will depend on the tenancy contract. Many contracts have clauses that provide rent relief in a situation where you are unable to access the space leased through no fault of your own.