Commercial landlords banned from aggressive rent collection
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds / Harrogate, UK
Middlesex Badminton Dome
c£30,000 - £32,000+ pa
Hounslow, Southall, West London
énergie group
Competitive
Bow, London, UK
Stevenage Leisure Limited
£6.56 to £8.91 per hour
North Herts Leisure Centre, Letchworth
Heritage Great Britain
£38,000 - £40,000
Land's End, Cornwall

Commercial landlords banned from aggressive rent collection

Job opportunities
Horizon Leisure Centres
location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Ashlyns School
£20,903 - £23,080 plus fringe allowance
location: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Torridge District Council
£40,000 - £45,000pa
location: Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
more jobs

Commercial property landlords in the UK will no longer be able to take legal action against tenants who have not paid their rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The temporary ban, issued by the government, will run until 30 June and is designed to protect UK businesses from aggressive rent collection during the shutdown.

A loophole in the government's Coronavirus Act 2020 had enabled landlords to commence statutory demands and winding up petitions against tenants struggling with rent. The loophole made it possible for landlords to pursue a Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) process as an alternative to forfeiture.

A number of gym and health club operators had come under threat from CRARs, with David Lloyd Leisure and Pure Gym among those to have received threats of legal action from their landlords.

In David Lloyd's case, the company appealed to the landlord of one of its sites to waive rental payments due on 25 March 2020 – and going forward for the immediate future – until the crisis eases and the government allows its clubs to re-open.

The request was refused immediately by the landlord and was instead met with the threat of legal action through the issuing of a statutory notice.

"To stop these unfair practices, the government will temporarily ban the use of statutory demands (made between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020) and winding up petitions presented from Monday 27 April, through to 30 June, where a company cannot pay its bills due to coronavirus," the government said in a statement, revealing the new measures.

"This will help ensure these companies do not fall into deeper financial strain. The measures will be included in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which we set out earlier this month."

Business secretary Alok Sharma added: "In this exceptional time for the UK, it is vital that we ensure businesses are kept afloat so that they can continue to provide the jobs our economy needs beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

"I know that like all businesses they are under pressure, but I would urge them to show forbearance to their tenants. I'm taking steps to ensure the minority of landlords using aggressive tactics to collect their rents can no longer do so while the COVID-19 emergency continues."

The move was welcomed by physical activity body ukactive, which had actively lobbied for the loophole to be closed.

"On 13 April, ukactive made an urgent call for the government to restrict tactics being adopted by landlords who are coercing gyms and leisure centres into paying rent that has been withheld as a result of COVID-19," ukactive said in a statement.

"While some landlords have engaged constructively with tenants to find solutions that work for both parties, our evidence showed a growing number of cases where the reaction of landlords has been to instigate legal proceedings against operators when rent cannot be paid."

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Commercial property landlords in the UK will no longer be able to take legal action against tenants who have not paid their rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
SAR,LCT,HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,PUB
2020/THUMB345367_413837_792971.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,484
27 Oct 2021
Fitness First UK has changed its pricing structure and is now offering a flexible membership with no contract and no joining fee, giving members the ... More
26 Oct 2021
Boutique operator 1Rebel has launched its first 1Rebel Labs Studio at its club in Holborn. The new training studio concept will see 1Rebel instructors offer ... More
26 Oct 2021
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the UK government to invest £875m in the nation's health and fitness and leisure facilities in order ... More
26 Oct 2021
Australian surf park operator URBNSurf and wave generating specialist Wavegarden are among the winners of the inaugural Surf Park Awards. The global awards, organised by ... More
25 Oct 2021
Anthony Hamilton, the father of F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton, is launching a fitness equipment brand that will target both the commercial and at-home markets. ... More
22 Oct 2021
The pandemic has had an "unprecedented" impact on physical activity levels in England, with 1 million more adults becoming physically inactive in the 12 months ... More
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
22 Oct 2021
A puppet of a refugee girl has 'walked' across Europe on a 5,000km (3,100m) journey, with the help of eleven puppeteers and is now nearing ... More
21 Oct 2021
The first énergie Fitness club has opened in Spain as part of a push for global expansion. énergie Barcelona St Cugat will be operated by ... More
21 Oct 2021
Construction work on the Eden Project Qingdao visitor attraction in China has reached a major milestone. The main truss of the large, single biome of ... More
21 Oct 2021
Scotland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are being brought together through the world’s first ever UNESCO digital trail. The trail connects the country’s 13 place-based UNESCO ... More
20 Oct 2021
A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace. The ... More
20 Oct 2021
Work has been completed on two new spectator stands at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, UK, adding 2,600 seats to the total capacity of "the ... More
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition
19 Oct 2021
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes the number of studios open – or contracted to open ... More
18 Oct 2021
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease. Research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, has ... More
18 Oct 2021
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade shows and industry events, following an 18-month period in which ... More
Les Mills
Les Mills
1 - 15 of 43,484
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition