Industry Codes of Practice - Leased and Tenanted Pubs

The codes of practice for leased and tenanted pubs govern the business relationship between pub companies and publicans operating tied public houses. It is the result of constructive dialogue between those representing pub and brewing companies with tied estates and tenant and lessee represetnatives.

The new codes of practice:

  • Provide protection for prospective, new and existing tenants and lessees, consisting of small businesses and individuals
  • Encapsulate industry good practice on the letting of tied pubs which pub owning companies have to meet and which are designed to deliver benefits to both parties to the agreement
  • Promote transparency by requiring full disclosure of all relevant and appropriate information to ensure both parties are equipped to enter into a commercial negotiation and upon which tied lessees can rely to make a considered business decision
  • Provide for an alternative dispute resolution mechanism to resolve disagreements arising at rent reviews (PIRRS) and those relating to the IFC, company codes, company practices and behavior (PICA Service)

The BBPA Position
New codes of practice have been released in July 2016. The two new codes, one for lessees and another for tenants in England and Wales, ensure that there will be a seamless transition for lessees and tenants with a pub company operating fewer than 500 pubs. A specific code for Scotland can also be found below.

Lessees and tenants covered by the code will continue to enjoy the same low-cost arbitration services for rents (PIRRS) and other disputes (PICAS) overseen by the Pub Governing Body (PGB). The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) will continue to administer the service on behalf of the PGB.

As a requirement of IFBB and BBPA membership, all member companies will be covered by the codes. In order to make the system of self-regulation more streamlined, and as the codes already set minimum standards, companies will no longer need to produce their own company codes for accreditation. However, it is envisaged that the PGB will develop mechanisms to monitor compliance by code signatories, over time.

In total, the code covers over 4,000 pubs in England and Wales.

The new codes are available here:

Code of Practice - Lessees

Code of Practice - Tenants

Code of Practice - Scotland

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