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Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations in Scotland on hold again

15 January 2021

The Scottish Government has today, 15 January, announced the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Standards that were to come into law in April 2021, with the first standard requiring properties to have a minimum EPC rating D for new tenancies from April 2022, have again been postponed. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

15 January 2021

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding. Read More...

Government extends support to stop business evictions in 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, announced yesterday, 16 September, that all commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of this year.

It will help businesses protect jobs and give them the chance to focus on rebuilding their business over the autumn and Christmas period.

The measures are on top of the wider-ranging financial package provided by the UK Government to protect jobs, incomes, and business throughout and beyond the pandemic. However, it has been stressed that where rent can be paid it should be as the support is aimed at those facing financial hardship during the pandemic.

Government announcement

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

In a further announcement by the Government, the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases has been extended until the end of the year. There is clear guidance that both landlords and tenants must continue to work together to agree on rent payment options if businesses are struggling.

In June 2020, the Government published a Code of Practice to support these discussions. It was produced in association with leading businesses and trade associations to help guide all parties to work together to protect viable businesses and ensure a swift recovery.

Code of Practice announcement

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This Government is committed to supporting businesses and our high streets at this difficult time, and this extension of support will help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and plan for the future.

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing

 

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During this particularly challenging time for businesses, it is crucial that both landlords and tenants have the clarity and reassurance they need to build back better from the pandemic. 

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Business Secretary