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    Commercial tenant 4 months in arrears. Can I evict him?

    I have a commercial tenant who owes us 4 months of rent. At one point he told me he was applying for a government grant so required a document from me stating his contract was taken out PRIOR to Covid.

    His shop has been closed for about 2 months but he has opened now. He tends to ignore my messages and is not paying rent.

    He owes £2600 in rent.
    Is there a way I can get through to him so he pays. Can I start the lease forfeiture now because I read I am unable to until 30/06

    #2
    There is a moratorium on forfeiture until September. If the tenant is in arrears of 189 days worth of rent you may use CRAR to seek to recover your arrears. My advice would be to not take it personal, most landlords are not collecting rent, and that includes myself.

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      #3
      But it is personal. Especially when you know that the tenant has the £10,000 free money but they decide not to pay the rent with it. The government website says;
      "The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) supports small and rural businesses in England with their business costs during coronavirus".
      These people who have received the grant know what it is for but have decided not to pay their rent despite the government saying rent should be paid.
      So it can't get anymore personal than that. It's a kick in the teeth to the landlord. They are living the life while we are going without and trying to decide what to cut back on next.
      I know people who have had the £10000 grant and not needed it. They are laughing their socks off. While we as landlords have had no help or assistance from the government at all and now the government has said it's legal for people not to pay their rent. It can not get any more unjust.

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        #4
        file a claim against the tenant on moneyclaim online. people dont like having CCJs

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          #5
          slooky .
          It's not personal as your tenant would be doing exactly the same regardless of who the landlord is. Does the tenant own any assets of value on the premises?

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            #6
            Not paying the rent solely affects me the landlord, the tenants behaviour of non-payment of rent directly relates to me and no-one else. I conclude it is personal.

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