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BBPA welcomes proposed changes to Pubs Code

In particular, it praised the Government’s decision to streamline the Market Rent Only (MRO) process, which both tenants and pub-owning companies called for

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the Government’s proposed changes to the Pubs Code.

In particular, it praised the Government’s decision to streamline the Market Rent Only (MRO) process, which both tenants and pub-owning companies called for.

It also reiterated the “strength” of the leased and tenanted model, as well as the partnership between pub-owning companies and tenants.

It comes as pub-owning companies provided £285m in reduced or cancelled rent to tenants throughout the pandemic. In the same period, these companies also provided additional support such as refunds on spoilt beer, Covid signage and PPE worth on average £27,000 to a pub.

A BBPA spokesperson, said: “We support these proposed changes to the Pubs Code, which recognise the value of the leased and tenanted model and the strong relationship between pub owning companies and their tenants.

“In particular, the streamlining of the Market Rent Only process is welcome for tenants and pub-owning businesses alike and will facilitate negotiation and agreement.”

They added: “During the pandemic leased & tenanted pubs received £285 million in reduced or cancelled rent and further additional support worth on average £27,000 per pub from pub-owning businesses.

“The partnership between tenant and pub-owning businesses provides balance, security and investment – and has secured community pubs for generations to come. Looking ahead to the launch of the next statutory review in 2022 we will again reiterate this message to ensure the Code continues to support the relationship between tenants and pub-owning companies.”

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