Friday, 18 September 2020

COVID-19: Protections for Commercial Tenants Extended to 31 December 2020


The government has extended the emergency measures brought in to protect commercial tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic.

These extensions were announced the day after my previous blogpost, so I should have been more optimistic, although I did speculate about a U-turn!

The protection from forfeiture for non-payment of rent for business tenancies in England has been extended to 31 December 2020.

The restrictions on recovering rent from commercial tenants by Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) have also been extended.

This means that before a landlord can exercise CRAR, there must be arrears of at least 276 days’ rent if CRAR is exercised before the December quarter day, or arrears of at least 366 days’ rent if CRAR is exercised after the December quarter day.

Below are links to the relevant statutory instruments.

Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/994)

Taking Control of Goods (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1002)

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