Restaurants urge Boris Johnson to extend the ban on commercial evictions

Restaurants across the UK are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the ban on commercial evictions or face mass closures and redundancies.

Restaurants urge Boris Johnson to extend the ban on commercial evictions: Bosses from chains such as Burger King and Itsu, which make up a part of the 600,000 sited restaurants have said that, in their experience, their landlords are now “indicating their intention to evict, issue final demands for full payment and otherwise indicate they will not support any restructure of Covid-19-incurred rent debt”.

So far around 30% of landlords have now made these demands. They want the Government to extend the moratorium for businesses located in city centers, saying that with so many people now working from home, these restaurants are being starved of customers.

They would also like the prevention of landlords being able to demand rent arrears in full from 1st October and to discourage evictions. In a letter to Government they wrote “the expectation of some landlords that past debts can be immediately claimed and eviction proceedings commenced if there is a failure to pay is an unmanageable challenge”.

A Government spokesman said “we recognize the huge challenges faced by commercial tenants and landlords during this period, and we are working closely with them to make sure that they are supported”.


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