Council business tenants, rent payments and support
We are doing our utmost to support businesses at this challenging time, whilst at the same time ensuring front line council services are protected.
Just like businesses, the council needs its income to help deliver these to everyone especially the vulnerable.
As a landlord, we are open to talking to tenants about issues they face in making their rental payments. In the current circumstances we are able to offer tenants the option to pay rent on a monthly basis instead of a quarterly one.
Additionally, we will also not be acting on non-payment of rent for at least the next 3 months, as per the Government guidance.
We are hopeful too that Government will provide support to landlords including local authorities in the near future, which will enable them to offer further options to tenants.
Help for businesses from Government however is coming and we will continue to lobby for additional support. Some of our tenants are entitled to business rate reductions, automatic rebilling and cash grants.
As a priority our colleagues are working to ensure those eligible receive these as quickly as possible. You do not need to apply for these schemes and will be sent a letter early next week confirming eligibility for the schemes and requesting any further information if required. Please be advised that this area of award may be subject to fraudulent claims and full completion of the forms sent will be essential and we may need to contact you to validate a claim.
A new Business Support website is available to help you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business.
We want to work this through this difficult time with our tenants, the great local businesses that help make our place fantastic, while at the same time ensuring we still have enough money to fund the front line services which we all rely on.