Landlords to fight use of CVAs by retailers seeking rent cuts

House of Fraser, Mothercare and Carluccio’s among struggling retailers seeking rent cuts to avoid collapse

High street landlords are gearing up for war with retailers, whom they accuse of railroading them into agreeing to rent cuts via increasingly controversial company voluntary arrangements (CVAs).

Struggling businesses including the department store chain House of Fraser, the children’s retailer Mothercare and the Carluccio’s Italian restaurant chain are all seeking CVAs, where property owners accept lower rents to help a tenant avoid financial collapse.

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