Cho Yam Chan and Julie-anne Daysh are the directors of Camjec Commercial Ltd. They are the owners of the building that PhotonFlux currently runs in. This morning I was on my way to work and I found this on the door at PhotonFlux. I sent a copy of it to Nina and Anton, the owners of PhotonFlux, and it was the first they had heard of it. They, and the other staff, would have shown up for work at 4 PM to find this. It turned out that the locks had been changed as well.
Apart from being a complete arsehole thing to do, I was sure that this was illegal. I checked the Trespass Act. As I suspected, Chan and Daysh had no legal right to post the notice.
occupier, in relation to any place or land, means any person in lawful occupation of that place or land; and includes any employee or other person acting under the authority of any person in lawful occupation of that place or landFrom Section 2 Interpretation
At this point PhotonFlux is paid up on their rent. The next rent payment is due in 2 or 3 days. Nina and Anton are still the current legal occupiers and, as such, they are the only people with the legal right to post this notice. There are, as I understand it, some exceptions that allow landlords to be able to do this but they are reserved for extreme cases of property damage and nothing like that could apply in this case.
Cho Yam Chan and Julie-anne Daysh broke the law, screwing over a tenant, their staff and the artists that were displaying their works in the gallery space.
I've also found out today that another friend is actually a current tenant of one of their residential properties and to term them "nightmare landlords" sounds like a reasonable description.