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Reply To: While we are in Lock-Down, as a tenant am I able to get some relief from my rent as a result of a lack of access? I have seen in some tenancy/lease agreements they have a ‘No Access in Emergency’ clause which then talks about a ‘fair proportion of the rent and outgoings shall cease to be payable for the period’.

Hi Rob
Yeah that seems very reasonable. Hopefully soon we will see some legal opinions in this clause. I understand there are conflicting legal opinions on this. But if you have that clause it seems reasonable that you pay zero rent while you cannot use your premises due to the emergency. I doubt that extends to outgoings though. So if you dont want to be in breach of your lease you might pay the outgoings component.