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Dear XXX

I am writing as a local constituent that [owns/manages/is an employee] of [insert business name], a business in the night time economy sector that employees [insert number] people in your constituency. I would like to urge you to consider attending an upcoming meeting of the APPG for the Night Time Economy at which there will be a discussion of the issue of commercial rent arears that threatens to hobble our sector’s recovery from the pandemic. The meeting will take place on the 12th May at 10am and will be hosted by Co-Chairs of the APPG – Jeff Smith MP and Christian Wakeford MP.

If you would be interested in attending, I would ask that you please contact appg@ntia.co.uk

As you will know, Nightlife has been one of the largest economic casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. Large swathes of the sector have been closed since March 2020 with no meaningful opportunity to open and trade. Venues able to trade have operated under serious restrictions on capacity, opening hours and wet sales. I hope you will agree that our viable and world-leading sector contributes immeasurably to our cultural and economic life – not just in big cities but in smaller cities and large towns, too – and that more must be done to ensure that we still have a vibrant nightlife post-pandemic.

One of the biggest issues facing my business and the sector more widely is that of commercial rents, which make up the largest fixed cost for nightlife operators. The Government put in place a moratorium on evictions in March 2020, which has protected commercial tenants like us from eviction. But this is due to come to an end on 30 June 2021, and there has been no solution for spiralling rent arrears which we have, through no fault of our own, been unable to pay.

With night time economy businesses almost entirely unable to trade in this period, we have accrued considerable debts and rent arrears. The APPG for the Night Time Economy recently conducted a survey that found that 72 per cent of impacted businesses were in arrears with their rental payments. When commercial landlords are once again able to threaten tenants with evictions, many will suddenly have these rents come due, and that may well cause many of us to go bust unnecessarily, costing jobs and livelihoods, hampering the wider economy, and wasting public money spent on support to date. There are indications that many landlords seem to be waiting for the end of the evictions moratorium in the belief that the government won’t act to enforce any sort of shared burden solution.wasting all the government’s support efforts to date and hampering the wider economic recovery. 

It is a bit like being locked out of your house, not allowed to use it, accruing all the rent whilst you could not use it, and allowing landlords to choose if they will do a deal with you or accept a bid from someone who may pay more, and you lose all your furniture into the bargain.  If it were residential, it would not be allowed, but as businesses that is what we are looking at.  

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is currently consulting on solutions to the problem. The APPG for the Night Time Economy has proposed a ‘shared burden’ solution which would see tenants and landlords both contribute towards rental arrears to avoid mass evictions and a race-to-the-bottom amongst prospective landlords for the leasing of premises. This will be discussed along with some of the wider issues at the APPG’s upcoming meeting. We also know that many landlords, particularly the institutional ones, have refused to engage and are waiting for the moratorium to end thinking the government will not have the stomach or legal capacity to force a shared burden.

I would encourage you to attend on my behalf to contribute to the discussion on solutions to one of the biggest problems on the horizon.

Many thanks for considering this request.

Yours sincerely,

[insert your name]

[insert your address – should be in MP you are emailing’s constituency]

 

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Dear XXX

I am writing as a local constituent that who is involved in the Night Time Economy. I would like to urge you to consider attending an upcoming meeting of the APPG for the Night Time Economy at which there will be a discussion of the issue of commercial rent arears that threatens to hobble our sector’s recovery from the pandemic. The meeting will take place on the 12th May at 10am and will be hosted by Co-Chairs of the APPG – Jeff Smith MP and Christian Wakeford MP.

If you would be interested in attending, I would ask that you please contact appg@ntia.co.uk

Nightlife has been one of the largest economic casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. Large swathes of the sector have been closed since March 2020 with no meaningful opportunity to open and trade. Venues able to trade have operated under serious restrictions on capacity, opening hours and wet sales. I hope you will agree that our viable and world-leading sector contributes immeasurably to our cultural and economic life – not just in big cities but in smaller cities and large towns, too – and that more must be done to ensure that we still have a vibrant nightlife post-pandemic.

One of the biggest issues facing our sector is that of commercial rents, which make up the largest fixed cost for nightlife operators. The Government put in place a moratorium on evictions in March 2020, which has protected commercial tenants like us from eviction. But this is due to come to an end on 30 June 2021, and there has been no solution for spiralling rent arrears which we have, through no fault of our own, been unable to pay.

With night time economy businesses almost entirely unable to trade in this period, we have accrued considerable debts and rent arrears. The APPG for the Night Time Economy recently conducted a survey that found that 72 per cent of impacted businesses were in arrears with their rental payments. When commercial landlords are once again able to threaten tenants with evictions, many will suddenly have these rents come due, and that may well cause many of us to go bust unnecessarily, costing jobs and livelihoods and hampering the wider economic recovery. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is currently consulting on solutions to the problem. The APPG for the Night Time Economy has proposed a ‘shared burden’ solution which would see tenants and landlords both contribute towards rental arrears to avoid mass evictions and a race-to-the-bottom amongst prospective landlords for the leasing of premises. This will be discussed along with some of the wider issues at the APPG’s upcoming meeting.

I would encourage you to attend on my behalf to contribute to the discussion on solutions to one of the biggest problems on the horizon.

Many thanks for considering this request.

Yours sincerely,

[insert your name]

[insert your address – should be in MP you are emailing’s constituency]

 

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