24 Sep 2020

Extra protection for commercial tenants welcomed by Bira

Further measures to protect commercial tenants against aggressive evictions have been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira).

Today (September 24, 2020), the Government announced that the ban on Statutory Demands and Winding Up Petitions due to Covid-related inability to pay rent in full will be extended from September 30 until December 31.

This brings the measures, contained in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, into line with the extended moratorium on lease forfeiture and Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery in England and Wales.

This welcome news - just days before the next rent quarter date - now leaves County Court Judgements (CCJs) as the only outstanding measure that needs addressing on aggressive rent collection in England.

The decision, yet another win for Bira, follows last week's announcement that the Government would protect businesses who could not pay rent until the end of 2020.

Andrew Gooadcre, Bira's CEO, said: "This is exactly what Bira has been campaigning for. Research had shown that 20% of indies could not pay rent and this type of intervention is crucial in saving businesses and jobs."



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