22 April 2020
The spread of the COVID-19 virus is an on-going global crisis. On 23 March 2020, the President announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on 26 March 2020 up until midnight on 16 April 2020. This was further extended on 9 April 2020 for an additional 14 days. It is uncertain whether further extensions will be ordered or, if not, how life might slowly return to “normal”. As a direct result of the nationwide lockdown, all businesses’ doors (save for those providing essential services) had to shut from 27 March 2020 up until at least 30 April 2020. What does this mean for monthly rent payments? Are tenants entitled to a remission of rental during this period and, if so, to what extent? This is a question on the minds of many tenants and landlords alike.