COVID-19: Further Measures to Protect UK Commercial Tenants

    View Author June 2020

    On Friday, 19 June 2020, the government announced that it would be extending existing measures to protect tenants from eviction over summer. In summary, the new measures include:

    • Extending the moratorium on forfeiture from 30 June 2020 to 30 September 2020
    • Preventing landlords from exercising Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”) unless they are owed 189 days of rent
    • Banning the use of statutory demands and winding up petitions where a company cannot pays its debts due to COVID-19 until 30 September 2020
    • Introducing a new, voluntary Code of Practice (the “Code”) for commercial landlords and tenants