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Business Rates – an unpopular tax imposed in unfortunate circumstances

Published on 06 December 2021. By Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner and Catherine Young, Associate

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It is almost trite to say that retailers have had a tricky time over the last 20 months. The combination of enforced closures, and more recent supply chain difficulties and staff shortages have left them reeling. On 1 July the business rates holiday ended and, although rates will be discounted by up to 2/3rds for smaller retailers until March 2022, most will come under increased pressures. It is unsurprising that many are calling for a complete overhaul of the business rates system.

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New EPC rating requirements and the impact on retailers

Published on 01 September 2021. By Julianna Khudoliei, Associate and Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner

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The current requirements for EPC energy ratings will be extended to cover existing leases from April 2023. More notably, significant changes have been proposed in the Government’s Energy White Paper published in December 2020: to prevent landlords from renting commercial properties with an EPC grade of less than C from 1 April 2027 and to prevent landlords from renting commercial properties with an EPC grade of less than B from 1 April 2030. The possible impact for retailer tenants could be material.

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What if the CEO asks me about... moving to a turnover rent model?

Published on 13 April 2021. By Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner and Simon Edwards, Partner

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On 10 March 2021 the Government announced that existing protections for tenants on non-payment of rent and against landlords' use of forfeiture and CRAR (the ability to sell a tenant's goods where rent is not paid) were to be extended until the end of June 2021.

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Business Tenant Protection from Forfeiture under the Coronavirus Act 2020

Published on 30 March 2020. By Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner

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Following the Government's 23 March press release in which it was confirmed that commercial tenants who cannot pay their rents "because of Coronavirus" would be protected from eviction, legislation is now in force which goes some way to clarify what this means in practice.

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COVID-19 and Commercial Tenants' Rights Regarding Rent

Published on 25 March 2020. By Elizabeth Alibhai, Partner

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This blog sets out various issues for commercial tenants to consider in relation to impending rent payments and government intervention in response to Covid-19. We are currently fielding numerous enquiries from tenants seeking advice about whether rent holidays, reductions and other concessions can be obtained in these unprecedented times.

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