The UK’s ban on commercial property eviction has been extended to March 2021, the government has confirmed. It also said that this will be the final extension of the initiative, which was originally supposed to end in September.
A government statement said the move “will give landlords and tenants three months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent”.
Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Said: “This support is for the businesses struggling the most during the pandemic, such as those in hospitality – however, those that are able to pay their rent should do so.
“We are witnessing a profound adjustment in commercial property. It is critical that landlords and tenants across the country use the coming months to reach agreements on rent wherever possible and enable viable businesses to continue to operate.”
The eviction ban extension was welcomed by British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson, saying that it came “in the nick of time”.
She said: “This extension will give hard-pressed retailers breathing space to trade their way out of rent arrears that may have built up during lockdown.”