Commercial tenants will breathe a sigh of relief following the latest extension of the ban on evicting commercial tenants for rent arrears, until the end of March 2021, announced by Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick today.  Restrictions on seizing tenant’s assets using Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery and the use of winding up petitions have also been extended.

These restrictions provide further, no doubt welcome, relief for struggling business, but many landlords are now facing a year without any rental income and no sign of an end. This is not the first such extension and it will not be the last.