Friday, 19 June 2020

COVID-19: LATEST BUSINESS TENANCY REPRIEVE

A landlord of business premises has a legal right to forfeit the lease of those premises and go into them where the tenant is behind with the payment of rent. That right was effectively paralysed in England by section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 until 30 June 2020. The paralysis is being extended until 30 September 2020 by the Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant period) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020 SI 2020/602 made today 19 June 2020. This protection for tenants generally applies only to tenancies to which Part 2 of the Landlord and tenant Act 1954 applies.