Government extends support to stop business evictions

Commercial Property - KBL Solicitors

Commercial tenants are protected from the threat of eviction until the end of the year in the latest move by the government to support businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

Measures introduced yesterday (16th September) provide greater security for local businesses struggling to pay their rent and protect them from eviction, helping to protect jobs for a further 3 months. Although the guidance is clear, landlords and tenants should continue to work together to negotiate affordable payment options if businesses are struggling and where businesses can afford to pay rent, they should continue to do so.

Secretary of State for Housing Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said “This government is committed to supporting businesses and our high streets at this difficult time, and this extension of support will help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and plan for the future.”

On 25th March, emergency legislation – The Coronavirus Act 2020 passed through parliament and provided some direction for commercial landlords and tenants specifically relating to the non-payment of rent under Section 82. The legislation suspended (rather than cancelled) a tenants duty to pay rent and provided a lifeline for struggling tenants but conversely has led to hardship for some landlords leaving some relationships undoubtedly tarnished.

In June, the government produced a code of practice to support landlords and tenants in discussions around rental payments. The guidance can be found here. 

As the situation surrounding Coronavirus (and consequent legislation) is changing constantly, up to date legal advice should be sought. If you are either a landlord or tenant who wants to discuss the options available, please contact Commercial Property Solicitor, Gillian Hindle on 01204 527777 or Our property team are also on hand for any other property related queries during this time of uncertainty. We’re here to help!