Offer business rates relief to estate and lettings agencies during the COVID-19 crisis

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Many high street businesses have deservedly been offered a break from paying business rates to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. However, estate and lettings agencies have so far not been included in this policy, and our revenues are declining as a result of a drop in general activity and the introduction of other government measures. Savings are being made where possible but we are approaching a very challenging time and a relief from paying business rates will help protect jobs and safeguard livelihoods during and after this crisis.

This plea comes from Thorgills and is on behalf of all UK estate and lettings agencies. Thorgills is a one-branch independent estate and lettings agency in Brentford, West London. Founded 11 years ago by our Managing Director, Ben Madden, we employ 40 locals, we have won 30 awards, and we have received over 500 5-star reviews for our work. We give back to our local community including regular food bank donations, charity fundraising and we support local schools and groups for the elderly. 

Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak, we ask you to please extend your policy on business rates relief to include estate and letting agencies.