Legal firm offers update on government ban on business evictions

The government has extended its ban on landlords evicting businesses until the end of the year. The move is in response to the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

Stephanie Johnson Associate Solicitor from award-winning legal firm, Cartmell Shepherd provides an update:

Ministers say that where companies can pay their rent, they should do so, as this support is aimed at those businesses struggling the most during the pandemic. It’s hoped it will enable them to remain in their premises, giving them the chance to focus on rebuilding their services over the autumn and Christmas period.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “During this particularly challenging time, it is crucial that both landlords and tenants have the clarity and reassurance they need to build back better from the pandemic.

“This extension will protect businesses that are struggling to pay their rent due to the impact of COVID-19 from being evicted and help the thousands of people working in these sectors feel more secure about their jobs.”

The government will also extend the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases until the end of the year.

In June, the government published a Code of Practice for how landlords and tenants should work together to agree rent payment options if businesses are struggling.

The code was produced alongside leading businesses and trade associations to help guide and encourage all parties to work together to protect viable businesses and ensure a swift recovery.

If you would like more information about this recent update please contact Stephanie on 01228 585245 or click here to send her an email.