Bookshops tussling with landlords over rents, says BA

Bookshops tussling with landlords over rents, says BA

Indie bookshops already suffering from the Covid-19 crisis are being put under further pressure from inflexible rent demands, the Booksellers Association has said. An unconfirmed report of the launch of Amazon Go in the UK high street later this year is also a concern, warned the trade body.

A new national survey by the BA on behalf of its members shows 70% of booksellers reported having rent issues with their landlords since lockdown began in March. The results also suggested 90% of landlords did not refer to the government’s Code of Practice — a voluntary set of guidelines designed to en...

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