House of Commons Library publishes pubs code summary report

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MPs voted in November to include a market-rent only clause for tied tenants
MPs voted in November to include a market-rent only clause for tied tenants
The House of Commons Library has published a short report on the Government’s moves to establish a statutory pubs code and adjudicator.

The report examines the proposals for regulation, and provides a useful summary of recent developments, as well as key points made during last year’s committee stage of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

The Bill is now in the House of Lord for further scrutiny following MPs historic vote in November to include a market-rent only (MRO) clause for tied tenants.

The clause means that companies with more than 500 pubs and at least one tenanted/leased site will have to offer a MRO option at certain trigger points, including lease/tenancy renewals, rent reviews, change of terms or change of pub company.

The Government has accepted the outcome of the vote, with the focus now on making the option workable and to minimise the risks of unintended consequences. Peers will discuss amendments during the Bill’s committee stage in the coming weeks.

The House of Commons Library provides impartial information and research services for MPs and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties. These briefing papers offer an independent summary of facts on subjects of interest, particularly legislation proceeding through Parliament.

The report can be downloaded here​.

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3 comments

Probable date to go live

Posted by tina,

loking at the last comment,and the GE in May are we looking at July for this to be implemented.I am holding out on my rent review,it is due in March

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A Long Wait

Posted by Objective Observer,

It will not be this side of the GE in May. There is another Committee stage on Monday 12th.

Then there's the Report Stage(no date set)
Then the 3rd reading(no date set)
Then it goes back to Commons for Amendment consideration( no date)
Then back to Lords for same
Then if all agreed Royal Assent, usually 2 months after Parliamentary passage.

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Without further delay!

Posted by Roger Parker,

The govenment back in November said the legislation should be implemented without further delay, can you indicate when the House of Lords will in fact vote or dismiss the proposed legislation ? A lot of publicans are now ancously awaiting this legislation result.

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