Pubs Code Adjudicator’s new rules go live in July this year

Paul Newby

The Pubs Code Adjudicator has published guidance requiring pub-owning businesses to provide tied tenants with upfront accurate information during rent reviews on the duty paid on the alcohol supplied under their tenancies, and the saleable volumes of keg and draught cask beers they offer.

The guidance was the subject of a statutory public consultation in November last year and comes into effect from the July 2019.

Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby said: “The publication of this guidance is another step in the process of ensuring that tied pub tenants always get the most accurate and consistent information from their pub-owning businesses about the terms of their agreements. This information is important to enable tenants to draw up realistic business plans and to help them to realise achievable levels of turnover and profit margins.”

Fiona Dickie, Deputy Pubs Code Adjudicator, added: “It is a further development in our mission to ensure fair and lawful dealing between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants through greater transparency and better, clearer information being made available.”

The guidance also sets out the PCA’s expectation that pub-owning businesses will ensure that all of their tied tenants have access to training on cellar management and dispensing best practice, as well as to ongoing cellar management support, so that they can realise the levels of business on which their rent is based.