The Government has announced it is extending a ban on business evictions to the end of this year.

Measures were introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect struggling businesses from being evicted from premises but were due to expire by the end of September.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that the eviction ban will now continue till the end of 2020, in a bid to limit potential job losses.

Jenrick said:

"I am announcing today that we are extending support to protect those businesses that are unable to pay their rent from eviction to the end of the year. This will stop businesses going under and protect jobs over the coming months.

"This Government is committed to supporting businesses and our high streets at this difficult time, and this extension of support will help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and plan for the future."

The Government announced it will also extend the restriction on landlords using commercial rent arrears recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases until the end of the year.

The guidance released added that both landlords and tenants should continue to work together to agree on rent payment options if businesses are struggling.

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