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Tenant protection measures end on 30 June 2021 – so what next?

21st April 2021

Tenant protection measures end on 30 June 2021 – so what next?

Reanne Upton, a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team, explains why it is important for both landlords and tenants to complete the Government’s Covid-19 survey.

It has been over 12 months since the first restrictions were put in place to protect commercial tenants due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions were only intended to be temporary, however, various extensions have been implemented and the current, and purported final, deadline now runs up to 30 June 2021.

So, what happens next?

The Government is aware further support will need to be provided, most likely in the form of further legislation, but they are clearly stumped as to what that legislation should look like.

In an attempt to understand the position and needs of both commercial tenants and landlords, the Government has made a ‘call for evidence’ in the form of a survey to both landlords and tenants on their business experience over the course of the pandemic.

The survey touches on turnover, employees, arrears as well as rent and lease negotiations. It also asks participants for their views on the restrictions implemented to date, the potential steps proposed post 30 June 2021 and the voluntary Code of Practice introduced to facilitate negotiations. See link to Code of Practice here.

This ‘call for evidence’ demonstrates the Government’s recognition that the views of those its decisions have impacted so far and will go on to impact in the near future, are invaluable in determining the decisions it makes. Still, the Government now faces the difficult task of ensuring that whatever legislation is amended or introduced, it meets the needs of both landlords and tenants.

It is therefore in the interest of all landlords and tenants to complete the survey and I would most certainly encourage all to do so. A link to further information on this ‘call for evidence’ and the questionnaire can be found here.

The survey will close on 4 May 2021.

 

 

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