Following the implementation of the Ministry of Justice’s Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) programme in May, landlords no longer have a right of distress against tenants to recover outstanding rent arrears, by sending in the bailiffs at a moments notice.
A landlord must sign notification documents and give a tenant seven clear days’ notice of intended enforcement action.
In legal terms this means no bailiffs can turn up unannounced seeking to evict, without the seven day rule being applied.
Landlords tried to overturn the rule because they feared by giving notice, tenants would abscond with furniture and fittings etc. Tough, take the rough with smooth. Not all tenants are thieves.