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Coronavirus and your tenants: a commercial landlord’s guide

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Guide for commercial landlords

Commercial landlords: our Real Estate team offers guidance on dealing with tenants in these unprecedented times.

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Beyond the forfeiture moratorium: reinstating your lease

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As a commercial tenant, you’re safe – for now. However, the forfeiture moratorium under the Coronavirus Act 2020 is not a rental holiday. Unless you’ve agreed alternative arrangements with your landlord, your rent still falls due under the terms of the lease.

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What the forfeiture moratorium is and is not

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The Government have announced a 3 month forfeiture moratorium on commercial leases in light of the upcoming rent quarterly payment on 25 March. The ban on evictions of commercial tenants will form a part of the emergency Coronavirus Bill currently going through Parliament but what protections will it and won’t it afford tenants?

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Greener Restaurant and Bar policies: Time to focus on water wastage

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With bars and restaurants being one of the biggest commercial consumers of water, how might an impending water crisis impact their operation and bottom line? We take a look at the most likely forms of government intervention and advise restaurant and bar operators to start thinking about their water footprint.

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Leaving (the EU) and staying (in the UK): how Brexit has affected your summer

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One of the less obvious effects of the referendum vote – and the resulting dip in the value of the pound – is the boost it’s given the UK leisure and hospitality sector. Research by Travel Weekly, the UK’s market-leading publication for the travel industry, has revealed that the number of people spending their annual summer break in the UK has gone up by 12% from 57% to 69%.

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Is it legal for restaurant owners to make deductions from the salaries of employees when customers leave without paying?

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Under section 13(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 an employer may not make a deduction from an employee’s wages unless:
• It is required or authorised to be made by a statutory provision or a relevant provision in the employee’s contract, which covers things like tax and NI; or
• the employee has previously consented in writing to the deduction.

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Royds Withy King Announces Strategic Alliance With Red Pie Consulting

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Royds Withy King has forged a strategic alliance with Peter Moody, Principal at Red Pie Consulting – a legal management consultancy based in London – in a move which is expected to enhance both firm’s client offerings.

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The fascinating truth about the rise of the CVA and what this means for the high street’s struggles

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

CVAs on the high street

As retail and restaurant brands struggle to adapt to an increasingly uncertain economic environment, Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) have become more common, and more prominent in the news. But what does this even mean for retailers and landlords? Are they a vital lifeline, or are they just adding pressure to a sector that is already showing concerning signs?

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Budget 2017: Can pubs toast latest changes to business rates?

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced special business rates protection for pubs in England in the final Spring budget statement to recognise “the valuable role that local pubs play in our communities”.

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