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Ban on tenant business evictions extended until March 2022

When Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, recently extended the moratorium on evicting commercial tenants for non-payment of rent until 25 March 2022, the legislation was hailed as a further lifeline to tenant businesses struggling due to the pandemic.   

Since the beginning of lockdown restrictions the government have sought to protect tenant businesses adversely impacted by Coronavirus, particularly those hardest hit in sectors such as hospitality. With the current furlough scheme due to end in September, many businesses are struggling to plan and fund their recovery, while acknowledging and dealing with rent arrears and landlord disagreements.  

Jonathan McMaster, head of commercial property at Astraea Legal is advising landlord and tenant businesses who need legal advice and guidance due to the implications of the latest moratorium.

Jonathan, who specialises in landlord and tenant issues, development work, property finance and property investment said: “By the time the moratorium comes to an end, it will be two years since the beginning of the pandemic. 

"What landlords and tenants considered reasonable at the start of the pandemic and two years down the line are two very different things. The key for all parties is to have initial and ongoing discussions in a timely manner in order to deal with issues such as the current rent level and any rent arrears.”

If you would like expert advice to resolve any commercial property related issue, please contact Jonathan McMaster by email at JonathanMcMaster@astraealegal.com or by telephone on 0330 128 1660

 

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