10 Mar 2021

Wales and England extend rent moratorium until end of June

The Welsh Government has extended its rent moratorium - preventing tennants from being evicted for non-payment - until the end of June

Bira has welcomed the decision, which will protect businesses until June 30, 2021.

Following the decision, the Welsh Government said: "While businesses should continue to pay rent wherever possible, the latest measure will ensure no business is forced out of its premises if it misses a payment between now and the end of June this year. The move will help ease the burden on a range of sectors, including retail and hospitality, at what continues to be an incredibly challenging period of time."

Bira's CEO Andrew Goodacre said: "The authorities in Wales and England have made a common sense decision and extended the rent moratorium until June 30, 2021. This is very important as it allows retailer to focus on re-opening and re-building their businesses, with many having been closed for eight months out of the last 12.

"We urge the Scottish government to follow the lead taken by Wales and England as independent businesses wish to focus on re-opening in April. At the same time, we urge landlords with rent debt to have constructive discussions with their tenants and to find a way froward that is to everyone’ benefit. The commercial rental market has changed for good in retail and landlords need to recognise that."

Read the full statement here, or in Welsh here

Read the statement from the Government in England here

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