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Due to the corona crisis, the number of “lawsuits” at restaurants in Tokyo has increased rapidly. The top reason for lawsuits is “rent delinquency” | Foodist Media by Restaurant.COM

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A survey by Tokyo Shoko Research found that since 2020, when the state of emergency was declared, the number of lawsuits against restaurants in Tokyo has increased rapidly. Especially in cafeterias, restaurants, and izakaya business categories, lawsuits regarding nonpayment of rent, accounts receivable for purchases, equipment and fixtures, etc. are conspicuous. It can be inferred that there were many restaurants whose business fell due to the sudden drop in sales due to the impact of the corona disaster, and the public support measures could not be compensated.

[Survey overview]
Target period: 2019-2021
Investigation target: A lawsuit filed against a restaurant operator at the Tokyo District Court
Research organization: Tokyo Shoko Research Co., Ltd.
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In the first year of Corona, the number of lawsuits against restaurants has doubled compared to the previous year.Still stagnant and struggling

2020 was a year of agony for the restaurant industry, with the number of restaurant business bankruptcies reaching a record high. The number of lawsuits filed against food service providers at the Tokyo District Court also surged 1.94 times compared to 2019, before the spread of infection. In 2021, when corona-related support measures such as zero-zero loans, employment adjustment subsidies, and short-time cooperation funds spread, the number of cases has stabilized at 118 (down 25.7% from the previous year). It’s hard to say it’s back to normal.

Research by Tokyo Shoko Research

The top reason for lawsuits is rent arrears.A series of business setbacks due to delinquency in accounts receivable and lease payments

The most common reason for filing lawsuits has not changed over the past three years, and is “building eviction/rent,” seeking eviction for reasons such as rent arrears, but the number of cases and the occupancy rate have increased rapidly. It can be seen that there were many restaurants that could not pay the tenant rent due to the decrease in sales due to the corona wreck.

Accounts receivable and lease fees emerged as the next most common lawsuit. In 2021, lawsuits for “construction fee (restoration to original condition)” will also be added, and not only tenant rent but also accounts receivable related to purchases will be delinquent, and businesses that have closed or closed down while leaving store equipment and fixtures. presumed to have been. There were also occasional cases of non-payment of wages to employees and contractors.

Research by Tokyo Shoko Research

The number of lawsuits for “taverns and beer halls” surged to about three times the number before Corona.Light and dark divided by business type

By type of business, “restaurants/restaurants” accounted for more than half of the total number of lawsuits in each year, showing the same wave as the overall trend. However, what is even more eye-catching is the “tavern/beer hall” business format, which has increased by about 3.2 times compared to the previous year in the first year of COVID-19. Among the food and beverage industry, we can see that the izakaya business, which has seen the grief of the corona disaster, is in a difficult state.

On the other hand, there have been no major changes in the figures for “coffee shops” and “soba/udon restaurants” over the past three years. This may be due to the fact that these business formats were relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that investment in store development is simple and sufficient compared to other business formats.

Research by Tokyo Shoko Research

Concern among restaurants continues as coronavirus-related support measures shrink

From the data on the above lawsuits, it can be seen that the decrease in sales due to the corona crisis has caused great damage to the restaurant industry. In the future, even if the spread of the coronavirus continues, there will be no business restrictions, and it is expected that there will be no time-saving cooperation money. Under such circumstances, some restaurants may have to think about repaying the so-called “corona loan”. For the time being, the number of restaurants that operate steadily with an emphasis on cash flow is likely to increase.

The article is in Japanese

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