The Leasing Department
Your in-house property team. Outsourced.


Experience. Results.

About us

We know how important it is to spend your time and money wisely. That's why we started The Leasing Department; to help you improve your bottom line by making smart leasing and property decisions at critical times for your business.

Just like an in-house property team, we seek to bring a deep understanding of your business to every lease negotiation and make your business goals our own. We ensure your leasing and property strategy aligns with your broader business objectives and aim to achieve maximum returns upfront as well as secure a lease that is a valuable long-term asset. Our relationship continues long after the lease is signed.

Founder Kyle Swain has extensive management experience in the retail sector including roles with national brands such as Myer Grace Bros and Officeworks. This experience provides him with a solid understanding of retail metrics and industry benchmarks, placing him in an enviable position when negotiating lease terms and providing property input to business strategy.

Our clients are from many retail categories including territory specific retailers such as newsagency, pharmacy and franchise businesses as well as food and beverage, general merchandise, sport, fashion and other specialty retail. Across all these categories, we work with a diverse range of retailers from single store owners to multi-site, portfolio clients.

Our clients benefit from our extensive network of property contacts across Australia and New Zealand which often gives them access to opportunities before they're marketed to the public.

We are the leasing and tenancy consultant to the National Retail Association Australia's largest and most representative retail industry association, and the preferred supplier of leasing and tenancy services to Hardware Australia, the industry body representing 4,000 independent hardware stores Australia wide. We provide NRA and Hardware Australia members with advice on issues relating to their retail lease and are formally engaged by many to act on their behalf in tenancy and leasing matters.

Whether you are a small, single shop or have a large retail portfolio, you can have your own leasing department.

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"Property and leasing decisions play such an important role in our members’ overall business success.

"Kyle has the ability to effectively communicate with all our members - no matter their size or circumstance. He quickly assesses their leasing needs or tenancy issues to provide them with expert advice and assistance. "

Dominique LAMB
CEO, National Retail Association


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"If our client and the landlord are both excited about signing the lease, then I know I've done my job well."

Founder and Retail Property Consultant

Kyle Swain

Kyle is a retail property specialist with degrees in Property Economics and Business Administration. With a solid background in retail management with the former Coles Myer Group, and extensive experience across a range of property roles, Kyle has a unique skill set that positions him as a leader in tenant side leasing and property services.

Kyle founded The Leasing Department specifically to assist retail tenants to improve bottom line performance, and is committed to delivering strategically aligned property outcomes which provide a platform for the client’s business to achieve financial success.

Kyle's experience in property development, tenancy design and fit-out roles gives him a unique ability to source sites and negotiate lease terms that minimise your risk profile and maximise your sales potential. Partnering with us places your business at a significant advantage before you even start trading.

Find out more and connect with Kyle on LinkedIn



"A great customer experience is as important to us in our business, as it is to you in yours."

Marketing and Business Manager

Carmen McCrone

Carmen is a senior communication and marketing professional with extensive corporate communications, marketing and brand management experience in the property, engineering, financial services, sport and events sectors. She understands the vital role each business discipline plays in driving outcomes that build successful brands and businesses.

Find out more and connect with Carmen on LinkedIn