The Welsh Government is confirming the extension on the moratorium against forfeiture for the non-payment of rent. Ministers are finding ways of aiding local businesses struggling due to COVID-19. The measure is now extending beyond September 2021.
Vaughan Gething, Wales’ Economy Minister said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have pulled every lever possible to support businesses. This extension of measures will protect businesses from eviction and will help secure jobs across Wales. It will also give the same levels of protection in this respect for Welsh businesses as those in England, and will assist with the recovery of Welsh businesses as the economy improves”.
Gething is also insisting “We remain committed to backing Welsh firms as we kick-start a strong Welsh recovery post-pandemic”.
The latest extension prevents commercial landlords from forfeiting leases for non-payment of rent until 25 March 2022. Local authorities are urging tenants to continue to pay rent wherever possible, however. Ministers are encouraging landlords and tenants to reach negotiated agreements on any arrears.
The Welsh Government is continuing to look at what measures in Wales need to be put in place once the moratorium ends. Measures expected will include working with the UK Government in the further consideration and development of their proposals.