16 Sep 2020

Bira delighted at extended protection for commercial tenants against eviction

Bira is 'delighted' the Government has extended its protection for commercial tenants from eviction until the end of the year.

Today's announcement, made by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, follows Bira's campaigning efforts highlighting the concern of members.

It means that businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of 2020 - three months longer than anticipated. The moratorium was due to expire on September 30.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira's CEO, said: Bira is delighted to see this further intervention by the Government.

"Retailers have worked very hard since re-opening in June to recover some of the lost sales from the lockdown. Footfall has remained a disappointing 30% lower than normal levels, and this has affected some business on the high street with 20% of independent retailers not able to pay rent in Quarter Two.

"This moratorium extension enables retailers to now focus on the build up to the very important festive period."

Read the Government's full press release here

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