The government is to rule out any extension the commercial evictions ban but plans to force landlords and tenants to attend mediation sessions before going to court, it has been reported.

These proposals will be revealed when Steve Barclay, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, makes a statement to parliament today following Prime Minister’s Question Time that will outline proposals to solve commercial rental disputes for tenancies, the i newspaper reports.

The paper originally reported that residential tenancies would be included in the announcement, but LandlordZONE has been told this is not the case.

Covid restrictions

The proposals will form part of the government’s plans to help the economy cope with the ongoing Covid restrictions, which are now in place until at least 19th July following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement.

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It is also reported that Barclay will announce that several Covid relief schemes are not to be extended including business rates relief, furlough and the VAT payments holiday.

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