Saturday, October 31, 2020
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Wales bans commercial evictions until end of 2020

Welsh Government

The moratorium, which was due to end on September 30, will now continue till the end of the year

Welsh Government is further extending measures to protect businesses affected by coronavirus from eviction.

The same measures for firms in England were announced by UK Government earlier this month.

The moratorium against forfeiture for the non-payment of rent, which was due to end on September 30, will now run up to and include 31 December, 2020.

Rent due should continue to be paid whenever possible, but the latest measure will ensure no business is forced out of its premises if it misses a payment between now and the end of the 2020.

This will particularly ease the burden on retailers and restaurateurs who have been badly impacted by the pandemic.

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates, said: We know there continues to be considerable concern among the retail sector in Wales, and we are extending these measures further in recognition of the incredible difficulties facing them and many other businesses across Wales.

He said, this will prevent unreasonable evictions in the run up to the crucial Christmas period, protecting jobs and safeguarding businesses.

However we also recognise the need to develop sustainable ways to provide stability and certainty to businesses and workers long-term in order to drive economic recovery. As part of this we will continue to make the case to the UK Government to provide the further necessary support as we plan for a prosperous post-pandemic Wales, Skates said.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn said: Ensuring Welsh businesses can remain open, without fear from eviction is vital to ensuring our town centres can continue to thrive in a post-pandemic Wales.

She said, the extension of measure to protect business from eviction until the end of the year, will not only support but provide certainty for businesses I the run up too and throughout the busy festive period.

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