Businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic will now be protected from eviction until the end of September 2021, the economy minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

As part of efforts to support businesses, the ban on evictions will now be extended until September 30, 2021. It was originally due to end on June 30.

Meanwhile, the eviction ban for private rental accommodation will end on June 30, but landlords must continue to serve an extended six-month notice period to their tenants. That notice scheme will expire at the end of September.

For businesses, the extension of the protections will ensure traders will not forfeit their business tenancies for non-payment of rent until 30 September this year. 

But businesses should continue to pay rent wherever possible, and it is in the interests of both landlords and tenants to reach negotiated agreements on any arrears, the government has warned.

The move will help a range of sectors including retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism at what continues to be an incredibly challenging trading period, whilst Coronavirus restrictions ease.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Welsh Government has ensured that more than £2.5billion has reached businesses.

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The Welsh Government’s package of business support is in addition to that available from the UK Government.

Economy minister, Vaughan Gething said: “The coronavirus pandemic has been a harrowing experience for us all, not least for businesses and their employees across Wales. We’ve pulled every lever possible to support them during this incredibly challenging time.

“We’re committed to doing all we can do secure jobs and livelihoods. That’s why I’m today announcing a further extension of measures to prevent forfeiture for the non-payment of rent, which will protect businesses from eviction.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve committed more than £2.5bn to businesses across Wales, in addition to our business as usual support through Business Wales. Businesses in the hardest hit sectors also continue to benefit from a full 12 month business rates holiday package.

“Combined, these measures have helped protect thousands of firms and safeguard many more jobs. It’s a key part of our plans to kick-start a strong Welsh recovery post-pandemic.

“We remain committed to backing Welsh firms.”

The UK Government recently announced how it intends deal with the issue of commercial rent arrears built up during the pandemic.

The Welsh Government will consider the matter further for Wales in the months ahead.

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