In a last minute blow for commercial landlords the Government have again moved the goal posts for evicting tenants for the non-payment of rent. Whilst the measures are aimed at helping those businesses that have built up arrears during lockdown, it will mean misery for landlords who have been trying to remove tenants for pre-existing arrears.
The existing measures which currently protect commercial tenants was extended to 25 March 2022. The Government have stated that this is to ensure that the sectors who are unable to open have enough time to come to an agreement with their landlord without the threat of eviction.
Whilst landlords will be able to pursue rent arrears incurred prior to March 2020, even if granted a Court Order for possession, they will be unable to enforce until next year. Whilst this will be actionable immediately after the lifting of the ban, it is anticipated that there will be scramble for bailiffs’ time and as such there could be even further delays caused as a result.
Burtons Solicitors will be keeping the situation under review and will post updates. If you have any queries about your commercial property then please contact us on 01892 824 577 or on firstname.lastname@example.org