Business evictions ban extended until March 2021
- AuthorMichelle Cox
The 'quiet' announcement came from the government last week and is said to be the final extension which is intended to give landlords and tenants a further 3 months to come to agreement on unpaid rent. The government message is clear that if businesses can pay all or any of their rent, they should do so and this move is intended to assist those worse effected by the pandemic, particularly those in hospitality, to allow them to rebuild their businesses. It is hoped it will also assist in protecting jobs.
There has also been an announcement that there will be a review of the 'outdated' commercial landlord and tenant legislation addressing concerns that the current framework does not reflect the current economic conditions – what this will be exactly is not clear, but it is intended to be launched early next year and will consider a broad range of issues including the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 Part II, different models of rent payment, and the impact of Coronavirus on the market. Its aim is to consider how to enable better working relations between commercial landlords and tenants and to improve the leasing process to safeguard high streets and town centres, allowing them to thrive as the country seeks to recover from the pandemic and into the future.
Whilst the ban on the use of CRAR is also extended to the end of March, it is worth noting that other methods of recovering arrears are not currently prohibited.
If you are a commercial landlord or tenant and wish to discuss the current issues, please contact Michelle Cox, part of our specialist Commercial Property team for more information.