Following the end of the second national lockdown in England on 2 December, the government announced a further extension to the moratorium on forfeiture of commercial business property until 31 March 2021.

As well as extending the ban, the government announced the launch of a review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation.

In its announcement, the government said: “This final extension to protections from the threat of eviction will give landlords and tenants three months to come to an agreement on unpaid rent. The government is clear that where businesses can pay any or all of their rent, they should do so.

“Further guidance to support negotiations between landlords and tenants will also be published shortly”.

Separately, all section 21 evictions are on hold until after 21 February 2021.