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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Coronavirus: The impact of Coronavirus on commercial leases in the UK

26 March 2020

The UK Government has announced that "all non-essential businesses and premises must now close".

Landlords and tenants must comply with emergency laws enacted by the UK Government. These laws are likely to override any conflicting obligation in their occupational lease (for example, a tenant's "keep open" covenant or a landlord's obligation to provide services).

This briefing considers the key issues arising from this for both landlords and tenants under commercial occupational leases.

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