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COVID-19: Pressure points: Commercial real estate assets in Europe – do tenants have to pay their rent during the pandemic? (Europe)

07 May 2020 | Europe
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A short update from our experts in key locations across Europe comparing government responses and assessing if and to what extent the obligation of tenants to pay rent is affected.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges for the commercial real estate sector – whether caused by lockdown strategies, cash flow interruptions or general economic uncertainty and disruption.

Some governments have quickly enacted specific laws to respond to some of the immediate challenges, others have left the market to rely on pre-existing laws and regulations. In this note, to assist companies with occupational and/ or investment interests in key locations across western Europe, we offer a high level comparison of the position for landlords and tenants of commercial premises in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England & Wales (looking specifically at real estate issues and not wider business support).

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