It is 15 years since the Law Commission last proposed radical reform of the laws governing the termination of tenancies, including the abolition of common law forfeiture, yet those reforms are yet to become law.  However, these reforms may, following the catalyst of the Coronavirus pandemic, be about to become a reality.

The Government recently launched a consultation entitled “Commercial Rents and Covid-19: Call for Evidence” in an effort to formulate an exit strategy for the current restrictions on forfeiture and other enforcement options, including CRAR and insolvency measures. A number of interested parties, including members of the Property Litigation Association (PLA), of which several of our lawyers are members, were approached for their views.