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Government to force landlords to let out shops vacant for over 6 months

Local authorities will now be able to force landlords to rent out commercial property through a Compulsory Rental Auction, under the new plan.

Landlords will be forced to let out empty shops that have been vacant for more than six months under new Government plans to “revitalise” the high street, according to The Daily Mail.

It revealed the plans will allow community groups and small businesses to take over boarded-up stores in a move constructed to aid the regeneration of town centres.

The new plans are set to be introduced as part of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which will be displayed in the Queen’s Speech next month.

Local authorities will now be able to force landlords to rent out commercial property through a Compulsory Rental Auction, under the new plan.

It provides a short grace period for landlords to fill the vacancy, yet if this is not achieved, local authorities will be able to invite bids from interested parties.

A government source told the Mail: “The Government’s mission to level up will breathe new life into these great towns and end the scourge of boarded- up shops sucking the soul out of once-bustling high streets.”

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