Government to force landlords to let out shops vacant for six months

Landlords will be forced to let out shops left empty for more than six months under new Government plans to revitalise the high street.
// Landlords will be forced to let out shops that have been empty for six months under new plans set to be unveiled next month in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill
// Local authorities will be able to invite bids for vacant shops, which will allow community groups and small businesses to fill voids on the high street

Landlords will be forced to let out shops left empty for more than six months under new Government plans to revitalise the high street.

The plans will allow community groups and small businesses to take over boarded-up stores in a move designed to help regenerate town centres.

The new powers are set to be introduced as part of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which will be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech next month, according to The Daily Mail.


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It is hoped this will reduce the empty shops that blight town centres. The collapses of chains such as Debenhams and Topshop have left many voids, with one in seven shops sitting empty, according to latest figures from the BRC and LDC.

Local authorities will be able to force landlords to rent out commercial property through a Compulsory Rental Auction, under the new plan. 

After a short grace period for landlords to fill the vacancy, local authorities will be able to invite bids from interested parties.

A government source told the Mail: ‘The Government’s mission to level up will breathe new life into these great towns and end the scourge of boarded- up shops sucking the soul out of once-bustling high streets.’

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Do they think that landlords want to have vacant shops? Perhaps a few if they have an alternative agenda. Will this include vacant pubs and clubs? Dilapidated premises will not generate any interest as the cost to reinstate will be too high.

  2. I see this going nowhere. The price of retail property will plummet and we’ll end up in an even worse mess. Thousands of scented candle shops paying a peppercorn rent, I cant wait to see what happens next.

  3. The only thing they need to do is remove the rates payable by the occupier for the first 3 years. The landlords are already giving units away on rates-only deals. This is totally daft and needs more thought.

  4. Yet another example of the Government rushing out another piece of irrelevant and not thought
    out piece of legislation. This will
    Not work and will only result in
    more confusion and bureaucracy. It
    is absolutely pointless and will
    achieve nothing. The changes to the
    Planning rules, introducing Class E
    has already resulted in confusion. The Pandemic Arbitration bill, as well intended as it was, is also a muddle. Can they not stop interfering.? You just can’t solve every issue by Legislation .
    problem with legislation.

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