Philip Angell, Director of Property Management comments, “At the end of this period, commercial tenants would have had this protection for a year and many landlords will feel aggrieved that tenants, albeit a minority, who are able to pay their rent are not doing so.
“On the positive side for landlords, the Government has stated that this will be the last extension and so they are only kicking the can down the road until 1st April.
“The continued rise in debt by some tenants will have to be addressed at some point and I am not sure that this announcement does either party many favours in the longer term. The Government is understandably concerned about tenants, particularly in the retail and hospitality sector, but I would suggest that the prospect of landlords forfeiting a large number of leases and taking properties back to re-let them in the current retail market would be fairly unlikely.
“The Government also announced that they are to review “outdated commercial Landlord and Tenant legislation” in the New Year, although there is little detail as yet on what this review will focus on.”