Coronavirus: Government to publish high street code of conduct on rental payments

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The government has established a working group and plans to publish a code of conduct to encourage “fair and transparent” discussions between landlords and high street business tenants over rental payments.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said the code would be a “boost to the high street” and would foster discussions between landlords and tenants over “rental payments during the coronavirus pandemic” and offer “guidance on rent arrear payments and team of sub-letter and suppliers”.

The working group would “seek to involve wider business input through its sector members” to ensure the widest possible consultation on the wording of the future code, the government said.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick said the code would offer “clarity to landlords and tenants who are both facing equal pressures on their finances, so they are all able to stabilise their finances and bounce back”.

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