With many tenants struggling due to the pandemic and the Government’s desire to protect jobs and businesses, including those forced to close, we have seen landlords’ remedies for non-payment of rent significantly curtailed.

The enforcement measures normally open to landlords such as forfeiture (or re-entry) which is the process by which a landlord exercises a right under a lease to terminate it, is currently prohibited. There are also restrictions on the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR). CRAR allows a landlord to instruct an enforcement agent to take control of a tenant's goods and sell them in order to recover an equivalent value to any rent arrears.

With such measures having recently been extended until 30 June 2021, the Government announced on Tuesday a call for evidence to inform decision making on the best way to withdraw or replace these measures while preserving tenant businesses and the millions of jobs that they support.

With the Government's press release making clear that further measures are not ruled out, both landlords and tenants will very eagerly await the outcome of the call for evidence to understand its impact.