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Rental commitments being met despite new lockdown measures

06 05 20 business rates

Two weeks since the September quarter day and almost three quarters of rents have been paid for the final quarter of the year. 

Data from the 6,000 strong portfolio managed by Colliers International’s property management team has shown that across three of the four commercial real estate sectors there is more confidence amongst tenants who are paying their rents despite increasing COVID-19 lockdown measures introduced by the Government. 

Following the initial quarter day reporting two weeks ago, a further 31 per cent of rents have been paid by office tenants, 27 per cent paid on industrial units, 17 per cent paid by retailers, and 12 per cent paid by leisure operators. On average across all sectors 74 per cent of rents have now been paid, a rise from 48 per cent on September 29.

Mark Jarrett, head of Property Management at Colliers International, said: “This quarter the most improved sector goes to retail where we have collected 61 per cent of rents already, a significant jump from the 35 per cent which was paid at this stage three months ago. It indicates a much stronger performance in the high streets and out of town schemes which are seeing significantly increased footfall as consumer confidence bounces back.

“It’s no surprise that the industrial sector has performed very well again with 84 per cent collected across the sector, a strong indication of the financial strength of all those serving the online retail consumer.”

With leisure tenants being the most impacted by the Government’s new three tier COVID-19 alert levels it is not surprising that the sector’s payments are significantly lower. 

“The leisure sector is continuing to struggle,” Mark added. “Whilst the Eat Out to Help Out scheme undoubtedly boosted trade for food and beverage establishments it was only a short-term measure, and trade has fallen away following the increasing restrictions imposed by the Government in recent weeks. 

“Whilst in general terms this quarter’s rent collection performance has been much better than most landlords predicted, it is clear the second wave of the virus is taking hold and there is a genuine fear that the resulting restrictions imposed by the Government will stifle the economy and reverse gains made since the lockdown ended.” 

See our latest update on Q4 rental payments

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