Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

The landlord’s common law right of distress against his tenant to recover arrears of rent for commercial premises using the services of a certificated bailiff was abolished on the 6th April 2014.

This has now been replaced by new regulations called Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) that enable landlords to take control of goods to recover rent arrears from a tenant.

Key facts about CRAR

  • Can only be used for commercial premises. For mixed-use premises, a judgment must be obtained.
  • A court order is not required to exercise the right to use CRAR.
  • Can only applied to the rent (and any interest and VAT) payable under the lease. Service charges etc cannot be recovered.
  • The arrears must be for at least seven days of rent.
  • A landlord must give tenants 7 days notice of enforcement after the rent has become overdue.
  • Only an enforcement agent can take control of goods belonging to the tenant to recover rent arrears.

Our Commercial Rent Arrears service

Our CRAR service is fast and responsive. We’ll ensure you receive the money you’re owed quickly and efficiently.

The service is completely free as the tenant pays the costs of enforcement (unless you instruct us to withdraw).

Our enforcement agents are fully trained in the complexities of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery and always act in the landlord’s interests but strive to maintain the landlord-tenant relationship.

We will issue the notice of enforcement required under the regulations within 24 hours and often, depending on the timing of instruction, on the same day.

Find out more about how we can help you recover what you’re owed by visiting our dedicated Commerical Rent Arrears Recovery page.

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