Clause 13 - Arbitration awards available

Part of Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:25 am ar 14 Rhagfyr 2021.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 9:25, 14 Rhagfyr 2021

It is pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Hosie.

Subsection (3) requires an arbitrator to dismiss a reference if they find that the tenant’s business “is not viable” and

“would not be viable even if the tenant were to be given relief from payment”.

Will the Minister say more about what constitute viable and unviable businesses? Groups representing the hospitality sector, for example, have made it clear that the seasonal nature of their businesses should be reflected in the viability test. As well as being provided with guidance, arbitrators should also have the right level of flexibility.