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Ross Kirton, Head of UK Leisure Agency, comments on this week’s news about gyms facing legal action over unpaid rents

15 04 20 gym ross

In light of this week’s news about gyms facing legal action over unpaid rents, Ross Kirton, Head of Leisure Agency at Colliers International commented:

“It is unhelpful that a number of landlords are taking a heavy handed approach to collecting March quarters rent.

“It’s unclear how long the ban on non-essential travel and thus closures will last but landlords should be mindful of maintaining longer-term relationships with tenants after COVID-19. Landlords would be in a far worse position if they got back possession of empty units and had to remarket in the current climate.

I believe a more pragmatic approach would be to look at individual cases and see whether there is scope for a re-gear of a lease, such as removing a forthcoming break clause or creating a reversionary lease in exchange for a rent free period.

“Similarly, where rent invoices remain outstanding, landlords should consider against the harsh measures being adopted by some and instead, they could seek to agree an opportunity for an open discussion with their tenants about outstanding rent following the pandemic. This will hopefully result in better long-term relationships for all parties concerned.”

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Hannah Zitren

Associate Director

Marketing & Communications


I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier broadcast and print media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

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