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Rent relief for Council business tenants extended

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To support businesses and community groups who are facing difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in March Sheffield City Council suspended rent arrears enforcement for three months for all tenants of non-residential Council property and a range of other rent support measures were put in place.

The Council recognises that many tenants who rent Council-owned property for business purposes and those tenants who are community groups have been badly affected. Support on rents has now been extended to continue to help businesses who are starting to reopen following the Coronavirus lockdown.

All Non-Residential Council Tenants

The Council has suspended arrears enforcement action (for arrears under 90 days) until the 23rd August 2020.

Voluntary/Community Groups on Leases, Tenancies or Licences with the Council

    • A further period of rent suspension to 29th September 2020 (i.e. the June quarter for rent)



Council Tenants of Commercial Retail, Food & Beverage and Leisure Premises

    • Rents & Service Charges will be deferred until 29th September 2020 (i.e. the June quarter for rent)

 

    • All deferrals will be subject to application and assessment

 

    • Deferred rent will be repaid over the following 18 months or remaining term of the lease



Council Tenants of Commercial Industrial, Office and Workshop Premises

    • Rent and Service Charges can be deferred until 29th September 2020 (i.e. the June quarter for rent)

 

    • All deferrals will be subject to application and assessment




    • Deferred rent will be repaid over the following 18 months or remaining term of the lease



Exclusions

Action is delegated to the Chief Property Officer on a case by case basis for Ground rents, Agricultural rents, Telecoms rents and payments and any other property type not covered above.

Service Charges

    • These will be reduced for tenants wherever possible to reflect any reduced costs of operating buildings (e.g. due to business closures) but service charges need to be paid in full unless a deferral is specifically authorised by the Chief Property Officer.



The Council will assess each application on an individual basis, taking into account the type of business and its circumstances, such as whether it has been told to close by the Government or if it is affected by any general restrictions on businesses or movement.

All applications for rent support can be made by contacting the Property Services team on 0114 2735621 or emailing propertyservices@sheffield.gov.uk.

Councillor Terry Fox, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance at Sheffield City Council, said:

“This is a difficult and uncertain time for many people in Sheffield and it’s important that everyone’s focus during this time is on staying well and upon the future viability of our businesses and community groups.

“We want to support all of our Council tenants as much as we can and therefore we are extending the period of action on rents and arrears for the next few months. We will continue to treat all our tenants sensitively and fairly to try to ensure that as many as possible can remain viable.

“If you have any questions about your rent payments or premises please do get in touch with us as soon as possible, as we do not want anyone to struggle or worry unnecessarily.”

More information about the support available to businesses in Sheffield can be found here.