Government urged to help businesses pay rent – The Irish Times

Employers want the Government to protect businesses facing the threat of eviction arising from difficulties paying rent as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Government has already told residential landlords not to raise rents or evict tenants while the coronavirus lockdown continues.

Groups such as employers’ body Ibec and the Irish Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Isme) association are calling for the Government to extent similar measures to commercial tenants or to give them cash to aid them in paying rent.

Arnold Dillon, director of Retail Ireland, part of Ibec, warned on Monday that some commercial landlords had issued legal threats to tenants unable to pay rents, a move he called deeply regrettable.

“An agreed way forward is required,” Mr Dillon stressed. He added that the Government should protect commercial leaseholders from eviction as part of a wider effort to aid retailers during the crisis.

He argued that provisions allowing commercial

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