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Businesses on Grenfell Tower estate to resume paying reduced rent

The move follows an eight-month rent-free period in the wake of the deadly fire.

Dozens of businesses in the shadow of Grenfell Tower are to resume paying rent and service charges at a reduced rate, the local authority has announced.

Around 40 companies will receive a 50% discount on rent and service charges for two months “in recognition of the disruption to services caused by the fire last summer”, Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) said.

A further six months will see businesses given a 25% compensation package.

Some 71 people died in the June 14 tower block blaze.

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The charred Grenfell Tower looms over the west London neighbourhood (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Since then, businesses operating out of Baseline Studios, in a council-owned premises on the Lancaster West estate where the tower lies, have not had to pay rent.

RBKC estimates this amounts to almost £200,000 waived, while an additional £25,000 in business rates relief has also been provided.

Deputy leader of the council Kim Taylor-Smith said: “Alongside residents, schools and services, we have always said we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with local companies affected by the fire.

“We hope today’s announcement will offer continued reassurance to commercial owners that we’re here for them – as well as encourage those in north Kensington to shop locally to support small businesses in the borough.”

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