Landlord & Tenant Update (What Have The Government Done Now')

Publication Date20 March 2021
SubjectGovernment, Public Sector, Real Estate and Construction, Government Contracts, Procurement & PPP, Landlord & Tenant - Leases
Law FirmGunnercooke
AuthorMs Claire-Elaine Arthurs

On the10 March 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, at a press conference announced an updated package of measures to support business owners and residential tenants. I have outlined below the key proposals:

Business Leases

  • The restrictions on forfeiture of business tenancies for non-payment of rent are to continue in England until 30 June 2021 A similar extension to 30 June 2021 was issued in Wales on 9 March 2021.
  • Legislation is being introduced to increase the minimum unpaid rent that must be outstanding before CRAR can be used. This will increase to 457 days between 25 March and 23 June 2021, and 554 days between 24 June and 30 June 2021. It is expected that this will apply to England and Wales.
  • The government is launching a call for evidence on commercial rents to build a picture of how successful negotiations between landlords and tenants to deal with arrears have been. The call for evidence will also set out potential steps that government could take after 30 June, which may include a phased withdrawal of current protections or legislative options...

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