23 June 2020
Commercial tenants protected from eviction if they are unable to pay rent
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction.
Landlords and tenants are having conversations and reaching voluntary arrangements about rental payments that are due but the government recognises businesses struggling with their cashflow due to coronavirus remain worried about eviction.
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. These measures mean no business will automatically forfeit their lease and be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment. The special provision in the Coronavirus Act 2020 which initially protected businesses unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic until 30 June is being extended until 30 September 2020.
This is not a rental holiday. All commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent. Commercial tenants are protected from eviction if they are unable to pay rent.
All commercial tenants in Northern Ireland are eligible.
Code of practice
In addition the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also published a Coronavirus: Code of practice for the commercial property sector that encourages tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First published 8 April 2020