Voluntary code published to assist commercial Landlords and Tenants with discussions over rent

Covid-19 is a global pandemic that has had a huge impact on the commercial property sector.  The restrictions introduced by the government to control the spread of Covid-19 were unprecedented and the disruption caused to businesses has been huge.  Although these restrictions are starting to ease, it is likely that the effects of the restrictions will be felt by businesses for some time.

The government has now produced a Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector/code-of-practice-for-commercial-property-relationships-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

The Code is voluntary and will apply until 24 June 2021.

The government’s objective is to provide support to businesses during this difficult time and the Code is a part of this.  The Code has been put together to assist businesses in their discussions with their landlords to negotiate affordable rent.  The guidance that has been given to date is clear.  Those businesses who can afford to pay their rent should whilst those who cannot should enter into negotiations with their landlord.

Landlords and tenants should consider the Code when entering into discussions about rent to assist them with those discussions.

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