Welsh Government extends business eviction protections

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething MS has announced further protections for Welsh businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, lasting until 25 March 2022.

The moratorium against forfeiture for the non-payment of rent has been extended as part of a package of interventions from the Welsh Government to support businesses that were due to end on 30 September 2021. This measure will give businesses in Wales the same levels of protection as those in England

The UK Government recently announced its intention to introduce legislation to ring-fence commercial rent arrears accrued during the pandemic.

New rules to protect commercial landlords and tenants

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New rules to protect commercial landlords and tenants

The UK Government will introduce a legislative backstop where commercial property negotiations are not successful all sides go into binding mediation. This will help tenants and landlords work together to come to an agreement on how to handle the money owed.

The Welsh Government will continue to consider what, if any, further measures need to be put in place once the moratorium comes to an end, working alongside the UK Government on the development of proposals.

Financial support for businesses

Throughout the pandemic, a £2.5 billion package for businesses across Wales has been made available, which has been in addition to support available from the UK Government.

Additionally, Welsh Ministers have ensured the 100 per cent rates relief scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will run for the full 12 months of the financial year. This measure is backed by £380 million to help provide breathing space for commercial businesses.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have pulled every lever possible to support businesses and their employees during what has been a harrowing time.

This further extension of measures to prevent forfeiture for the non-payment of rent, which will protect businesses from eviction, will help secure jobs and livelihoods across Wales.

We remain committed to backing Welsh firms as we kick-start a strong Welsh recovery post-pandemic.

Vaughan Gething Minister of Economy | Welsh Government