Thank you for the question. I fully understand the situation, sadly you are not alone. However the pandemic does not have a baring on legal contracts, therefore if business is affected due to the pandemic, the lease contracts are still in place. What you will require to do is look through the termination. provision on the contract to determine if they can evict you with such short notice, however they are likely taking the view you have breached the contract and closing to terminate it. In terms of the arrears, you will have to explore your options with the landlord, i.e if you can pay it back by increasing the rent for a period of time. However, there are not automatic provisions which allow you to legally build up arrears if there is a contract in place even with the ongoing pandemic. Worst case would be the landlord would. look at a small claims action against you to recover the arrears. If that is the case you may wish to consider instructing a solicitor for further advice at that point. I. sincerely ***** ***** was better news however the contract is still enforceable unless you can achieve an agreement with the landlord to deviate from it in the meantime.
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