Berlin (dpa) - Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has outraged the stop of rental payments for shops of large companies.

"If financially strong companies simply no longer pay their rents, this is indecent and unacceptable," she said on Saturday in Berlin. The Corona Aid Laws provide no basis for this. It continues to apply: «Of course, tenants have to pay their rent. If they actually experience serious payment difficulties as a result of the crisis, they can only be terminated for a limited period. »

Courts could check whether the prerequisites for this exist, Lambrecht added. Tenants are well advised to look for a friendly solution with their landlords if they are actually experiencing payment difficulties.

Previously, well-known retail companies had stopped paying rent for their branches in Germany due to the ordered closings. These include retail chains like Deichmann and H&M as well as brand manufacturers like Adidas. Deichmann spoke of a «preventive measure to maintain the company's ability to act economically».