Pandemic leaves retailers with £2.9bn in accumulated rent debt

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The moratorium on aggressive debt collection from landlords is set to end next month, meaning thousands of retailers could face legal action as total rent debt is estimated to be £2.9bn.

A survey of retailers by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) stated that two-thirds have already been informed they will be subject to legal measures after the moratorium ends on June 30.

A third have already experienced legal action in the form of county court judgements from commercial landlords. 

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