Commercial tenants will be protected from eviction due to non-payment of rent until the end of March 2021, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced this week. This is said to be a final extension, and the government says that “where businesses can pay any or all of their rent, they should do so.”
Further guidance will be published shortly by the government, with more detailed guidance scheduled to be published early next year, which we understand will complement the government’s voluntary Code of Practice, published in June 2020.
Insolvency measures on restricting statutory demands and winding up petitions are also extended until the end of March, as is the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) to recover unpaid rent.
Please read the full announcement here.