0370 270 6000

Retail: a tale of two markets

23 August 2019

Ann Summers is the latest retailer to have entered into new voluntary deals with the majority of their landlords, rather than using the CVA process. It is clear to us that retailers are currently operating in at least two different markets. Whilst we can understand the pain for landlords/ investors, it is easy to sympathise with those retailers who are still paying what they agreed to pay but are only too aware of competitors (often in the same schemes) operating under what they see as much more favourable conditions. Whatever the reasons are for the disparity, this situation becomes even more acute at rent review time where the upwards only rent reviews are bearing little relation to reality. In our experience as a retail legal team, and seeing it from both sides, it does pay to talk – and to keep talking…

What this means for our retailer clients is that they shouldn’t shy away from making their landlords come to the negotiating table. Some of them seem to be suffering in silence whilst the more proactive ones are seeing real progress.

Related opinions

Covid-19 rent arrears – the questions that remain

The Government appears set to announce plans on ‘living with Covid to restore freedom’. With the success of the retail and hospitality sector key to recovery, what protections will be on offer to tenants to deal with Covid-19 rent arrears?

View blog

Handing back an empty shell of a building did not prevent a tenant from exercising a break clause

Break rights have proved a fertile source of litigation over the last few years. More often than not, tenants have found themselves on the wrong end of the decisions. However, a Court of Appeal decision yesterday has bucked that trend.

View blog

Relief for landlords as the Court of Appeal confirms that leases have been validly contracted out

One of the requirements for tenants to contract out of the security of tenure regime contained in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 is that they make a simple or statutory declaration before entering into the lease.

View blog

Summary judgment stayed where part 26A restructuring plan pending

Landlords should reconsider summary judgment if a Part 26A restructuring plan is pending.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up