Fears are building that gyms, pubs and restaurants may never reopen as landlords threaten them with eviction for unpaid rent during the coronavirus lockdown.
(Image: http://image.baidu.com/search/http:5C/ww4.sinaimg.cn5C/0066aqx5gw1eyuwi40nk6j30rs15o7ae.jpg)Nearly 3,000 gyms and 출장마사지 leisure centres now face the threat of closure, 수원출장마사지 while top chef Yotam Ottolenghi has warned that restaurants are suffering the same issue.
Pubs and non-essential shops have also faced trouble paying rent, amid fears they will not be able to reopen after the pandemic because they will have no cash left.
Owners of businesses from photography studios in Southport to massage centres in Surrey have got in touch with MailOnline today to tell of their concerns over rent.
Up to 100,000 jobs could be at risk at gyms with trade body UKActive calling for urgent action to protect places of exercise which remain shut due to the pandemic.
Fresh legislation to protect commercial tenants was brought in last month, but it does not stop landlords forcing them to pay rent withheld due to the lockdown.
It comes after figures revealed that just 4,200 companies have been able to get the Government's emergency coronavirus bailout loans - out of 300,000 applicants.
Closed shops on a quiet Kings Road in Chelsea, West London, today as life in Britain continues during the lockdown
Benches are stowed outside a closed pub in London today as the lockdown continues amid the coronavirus pandemic
Pedestrians pass closed shops on a quiet Kings Road in Chelsea, West London, today as the lockdown continues
Mr Ottolenghi told BBC Radio 4's programme today: 'The biggest worry that we have is rent. When corona started and we were asked to close our doors, which is totally understandable because of safety, nobody really addressed the issue of the rents
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'Many, many have not been paying rents. Others have got into arrangements with their landlords, but this has not been solved.
Top chef Yotam Ottolenghi (pictured in May 2018 in London) has warned landlords are threatening restaurants with legal actions
'Some landlords have been threatening to prosecute and other legal actions against the tenants at restaurants in such a time because they are not paying their rents, and landlords, many of them, rely on the rent to pay their own debts.'
He is calling on the Government to give restaurants a 'litigation ceasefire' with a debt enforcement moratorium for six months in which credit action is banned.
Mr Ottolenghi said this would mean business owners cannot be litigated against to pay rent - and the same for landlords who can't pay their mortgages.
He has also suggested a 'national timeout' of nine months rent free from April to December in which landlords would also be compensated.
As for 출장마사지 the gym industry, UKActive chief executive Huw Edwards has told how taking legal action such as issuing statutory demands and winding up orders was 'entirely disproportionate'.
Mr Edwards said yesterday: 'A worrying number have decided to pursue statutory demand notices or winding up orders.
'We need the Government to act now to direct within the Act that landlords cannot do this. With 2,800 gyms at risk of permanent closure, and 100,000 jobs at stake, time is of the essence.'
Section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 introduced on March 25 intends to help protect commercial tenants by banning the forfeiture of commercial leases until June 30 - or longer if the Government deems necessary - for non-payment of rent.
Signs in the window of a McDonald's restaurant informs customers that it is closed on a quiet Kings Road in Chelsea today
Tables and chairs are seen inside a closed Pret A Manger restaurant in London today as the lockdown continues
The Strand in Central London is pictured today as the country continues to battle through a lockdown period
But it does not stop landlords taking action such as rent arrears recovery, making a debt claim, issuing a statutory demand, or starting winding-up proceedings.
UKActive therefore wants the Government to amend the Act so landlords cannot purse legal action, and introduce financial support for them for a rent holiday.