In an announcement made last week (10th March 2021), the government has further extended the ban on evictions of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent. The ban on such evictions will now be in place until 30 June 2021.
The government has again made clear that commercial tenants should continue to pay their rent if they are able to, and have reiterated that a review of landlord and tenant legislation will be launched later this year to deal with a number of issues, including the impact of Coronavirus on the market.
Whilst this again provides support for commercial tenants, this is likely to cause further problems for commercial landlords who potentially have missed out on rental payments for a full 12 months since England was first placed into lockdown in March 2020. Landlords may now be facing their own cashflow issues, which the extension to 30 June 2021 seems to overlook.
Business owners – many of whom have had to cease trading entirely during lockdown – are being given extra support after the government extended the ban on commercial evictions for a further 3 months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced today (10 March 2021). The decision will help those worst affected by the pandemic, such as bars and restaurants, get back to business in May when doors fully reopen for hospitality no earlier than 17 May.