Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has today, 16th September 2020, announced that businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of the year.
This will provide greater security and help protect vital jobs.
The government have made it clear that if you are able to pay rent, to still do so, as this support is aimed at businesses struggling during the pandemic.
This will help those businesses to remain in their premises without threat of eviction for the rest of the year, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their business over the autumn and Christmas period.
Secretary of State for Housing Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“I am announcing today that we are extending support to protect those businesses that are unable to pay their rent from eviction to the end of the year. This will stop businesses going under and protect jobs over the coming months.
“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.”
Alok Sharma, Business Secretary said:
“During this particularly challenging time for businesses, it is crucial that both landlords and tenants have the clarity and reassurance they need to build back better from the pandemic.
“Extending the temporary measures we put in place earlier this year to protect businesses from the threat of eviction will give them some much-needed breathing space at a critical moment in the UK’s economic recovery.”
The restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases will also be extended until the end of this year.
Landlords and tenants are urged to continue working together, during this time, to agree on rent payment options.
A Code of Practice was published earlier this year in June to support, help guide and encourage all parties to work together and protect viable businesses.