Keep it legal: Commercial rent arrears

New legislation on recovering unpaid commercial rent will have an impact on third sector organisations that are landlords or tenants. Under common law, a landlord whose tenant is in arrears is allowed to enter the property and take possession of the tenant's goods, which can then be auctioned off and the outstanding rent recovered from the proceeds. Due to the drastic nature of this right, and the lack of oversight by any independent body, concerns have been raised that it interferes with the human rights of tenants.

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