New pubs code comes into force

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

21 July 2016

The long awaited pubs code is finally due to come into force today, following approval by the government.

The introduction of the code was originally scheduled for 26 May. However, errors in the initial drafting caused it to be delayed.

Under the new regulations, tenants of pub companies and breweries that operate 500+ pubs will be able to request a market rent only (MRO) agreement, meaning they will no longer be tied to buy drinks and other products direct from their landlords.

Trade groups have welcomed an end to the uncertainty caused by the delays. Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls said: 'We are happy that the pubs code is now in force, bringing an end to a period of uncertainty for the sector.

'It is important for the sector to push forward and ensure that work with the adjudicator runs as smoothly as possible and that the office of the adjudicator hits the ground running to ensure compliance.

'The ALMR will continue to work closely with its members to ensure that they are fully up-to-speed with the code and aware of their obligations, opportunities and responsibilities. We look forward to working closely with the adjudicator to ensure that disputes are swiftly resolved.'

 

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