Latest News

Retail sector calls for the Government to introduce a ‘rent relief’ scheme

Some experts in the retail sector are urging the Government to introduce a ‘rent relief’ scheme to help businesses cope with the impact of COVID-19.

The current lockdown measures mean that many businesses, such as those in the retail and leisure sector, have closed, with income diminishing and pressure increasing on many firms.

Under the Government’s lockdown plan, many hospitality businesses will be allowed to open from 4 July (at the earliest, and subject to change or delay), but experts have stated that many businesses will not be able to reopen safely until much later in the year.

As a result, many are now calling for the Government to protect those businesses as they ensure that they can open safely, with finances becoming a significant challenge.

With businesses having to enforce social distancing measures when they do open, this presents a challenge to many, whether that’s in an office setting, a retail setting or in a restaurant or a business such as a cinema.

Phil Clapp, Head of the UK Cinema Association, said: “Either of those (a rent relief scheme or semi-statutory rent holiday) would be hugely valuable for our sector as there’s a real danger otherwise that the moratorium the Government announced only kicks the can down the road.”

“It will take a period of several months, even to the end of the year, before the business starts to approach anything like it would have pre-lockdown. That would give time to defray those costs over a much longer period.”

The Government recently introduced new legislation that temporarily bans property owners from taking legal action against tenants, but with focus now on how businesses can begin to open in accordance with the plans announced last week, pressure is growing for further support to ensure the future prosperity of many businesses.

For help and advice on matters relating to commercial property, contact our expert team today.

Share this article:Email this to someone
Share on Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
The following two tabs change content below.
Carl Jones

Carl Jones

Director - Head of Commercial Department
I qualified as a Solicitor having completed my training with Mander Hadley in 1992 and am a member of the Law Society Property Section and The Warwickshire Law Society.

Make an enquiry

What is your name?*

What is your post code?

What is your phone number?

What is your email address?*

I confirm that I am aged 16 years or over.*

Brief message

*Mandatory fields

I am happy to receive promotional information and news from Mander Hadley.

If you would like to see full details of our data practices please visit our Privacy Notice and if you have any questions please email