Published: 29th May 2020

Ministers have announced they are working on a new code of practice for high street traders, as some shops prepare to open for the first time since the lockdown began. According to a government statement, the code, which is still in development, will provide business owners and landlords with clarity and reassurance over rent payments. A working group has been established to develop a code which encourages fair and transparent discussions between landlords and tenants over rental payments during the coronavirus pandemic and guidance on rent arrear payments and treatment of sub-letter and suppliers. The news comes as some shops are preparing to open next month. From Monday (1 June), car showrooms and open air markets will be able to resume, while ‘non-essential’ shops will be able to open their doors from 15 June onwards. ‘We are developing a new code of practice, working alongside the industry’s leading bodies, to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)