The measures introduced last year to protect commercial tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent during the hardship caused by the pandemic are due to come to an end on 30 June 2021.  

The Government has called for evidence from the property industry to enable it to better understand whether a phased withdrawal or replacement measures are required.  Of particular interest are examples of how well, or otherwise, the voluntary Code of Practice has been adopted by the industry amid concerns that some tenants have been abusing the measures by not paying rent when they could have done so and that some landlords have refused to enter into any meaningful dialogue with their tenants.

The consultation is open to everyone in the property industry, though the BPF are encouraging landlords in particular to use this opportunity to highlight the pain being suffered by property owners, which according to research by Remit Consulting amounts to losses of more than £5bn since the start of the pandemic. 

To access the Government consultation and put forward your experiences, click here.