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Landlords Seek Alternative Methods For Rental Payments

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Every day the media report more and more shops and businesses struggling with cash flow forcing them to decide whether to continue with their rental payments or seek alternatives.

Whilst many landlords and tenants are having practical discussions and reaching sensible agreements regarding the payment of ongoing rent, the Government has recognised that businesses struggling with cash flow will be concerned about eviction, because they cannot keep up with the required rental payments.

The Government announced on 23rd March 2020 that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak will be protected from eviction until the end of June 2020.

However, a much more aggressive step is on the horizon for landlords pursuing unpaid rent, in the form of winding up the tenants company. Although the process will allow landlords a quick fix in the form of payment, it will also cause the landlord reputational damage during the current pandemic.

Landlords will need to deal with each business on a case by case basis and consider the terms of the lease agreed between the parties. As always landlords should obtain advice before making any rush decisions.

Chloe May


Chloe May


Chloe is an Associate in the Commercial Litigation team. She acts for private individuals, large and small businesses and charities on a wide range of legal matters from adverse possession, right of way disputes and other property litigation.