Pub Code and the Pubs Adjudicator
The Pubs Code has came into force last week, giving tenants more rights and greater protection when dealing with large pub companies that own tied pubs.
Tied tenants are obliged to buy beer and other drinks from their landlords. All businesses owning 500 or more tied pubs in England and Wales are now covered by the new code.
This gives around 12,000 tenants new rights and protections such as increased transparency about the tied deals available, a fair rent assessment and the right to move to a free-of-tie tenancy in certain circumstances.
The first ever Pubs Code Adjudicator, Paul Newby, oversees the operation of the code and will arbitrate disputes and investigate breaches of the code. Tenants can visit the website of the Pubs Code Adjudicator to make a referral or to get free advice.
For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pubs-code-comes-into-force