The government has extended the temporary measure, put in place earlier this year, to protect businesses from the threat of eviction. Commercial tenants will now be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020.

This support is aimed at those businesses most adversely affected by the pandemic, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting jobs.

Where businesses are still able to pay their rent, the government message is that they should continue to do so.

The government will also extend the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases, until the end of the year.

In June, the government published a Code of Practice to support discussions between both landlords and tenants, helping them to work together to agree rent payment options.