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Pubco code will boost landlords

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

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A NEW code of conduct will be launched to govern the relationship between pubcos and tenants.

Burton-based firms such as Punch Taverns, in Centrum 100, and Marston’s, in Shobnall Road, will be impacted by the news, which will also mean that controversial calls to scrap the beer tie will not be put in place.

‘Tied pubs’ are required to buy supplies from the pub companies which own the pubs.

The news has been welcomed by pub company bosses and Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths .

Andy Slee, central operations director at Punch Taverns, said: “At Punch we hope that the announcement will bring an end to a long period of uncertainty for the sector and we now want to work with all parties to continue to build a long-term sustainable future for British pubs.

“While self-regulation provided pub tenants with protections greater than commercial tenants elsewhere, we remain committed to making the best of the Government’s proposals.”

The planned reforms include the appointment of an independent adjudicator who will have the power to enforce the code, investigate breaches and impose sanctions, including financial penalties, on pub owners if they fail to comply with the new rules.

Tenant landlords will also have the right to review the information pub companies used to determine a rent increase, and choose whether to be tied for gaming machines.

Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “This statutory code will protect tenants and landlords.

“I hope this will put an end to any confusion and allow pubs to get back to what they do best –serving great beer.

“The bill offers much greater protection to landlords and greater transparency.

“However, I am pleased to see calls for the beer tie to be abolished ignored. This would have impacted hundreds of jobs across Burton.”

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