Unfortunately there are some landlords who are strictly enforcing what’s in their lease so in a way it does come down to how accommodating your landlord is. However, Landlords and tenants are being encouraged to come to arrangements during this period and you may need to engage your lawyer to assist as it seems your landlord isn’t coming to the party (sometimes a lawyer-to-lawyer conversation can help parties come to a resolution) – ultimately a landlord is entitled to enforce the terms of the lease (as can a tenant) but the consequences of that probably won’t be in the best interests of either party at this time (time, cost, uncertainty and practical ability to enforce).

The Government announced this week proposed changes to legislation to give relief to tenants and landlords – click here for a useful summary.