Mulholland hopes High Court rent ruling will prompt government action

By James Wilmore

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Outspoken MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed a High Court ruling on rent levels at a pubco-owned pub, saying he hopes the government will take notice of...

Outspoken MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed a High Court ruling on rent levels at a pubco-owned pub, saying he hopes the government will take notice of the judge's findings.

In the High Court this week, a judge ruled that Charles and Leslie Brooker, licensees of the White Horse, in Hambrook, near Bristol, should now pay £18,000 rent, instead of the £30,800 wanted by Enterprise.

Anti-tie campaigners are claiming it gives hope to other tied tenants seeking rent reviews.

In welcoming the decision, Mulholland, chair of the All-Party Parlimentary Save the Pub group, said: "This whole court case shows that in practice, some pubcos have been trying to have the best of both worlds charging extortionate prices for both rent and produce.

"Hopefully the government will take notice of the court's findings and bring in stricter regulation to prevent those pub management companies who have been guilty of exploiting their tenants from continuing to do so."

Pubcos argue that the tied system allows a low-cost entry to the industry, backed up by advice and support from business development managers.

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