The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has raised concerns about some aspects of the Pubs Code, suggesting there needs to be improvements to clarity and certainty for all parties involved.
The comments were made in its response to the consultation on the Statutory Review of the Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator.
While the BBPA said that while it feels most aspects of the Code are working in an acceptable way, it believes the Adjudicator should accredit the individual ‘Market Rent Only’ (MRO) agreements for the six pub companies to provide tenants and lessees with more information and greater clarity.
For the same reason, it suggested the Adjudicator should publish ‘golden threads’ of common interpretation in certain areas of the Code, so that all parties have a clear and consistent understanding of the legislation.
It said the success or failure of the Code and the Adjudicator should not be solely based on the number of MRO agreements.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The evidence suggests that the Pubs Code and the Adjudicator are doing the job they were meant to do; regulating the relationship of pub operator and publican.
“It is still early days for a Code which had no transition period and where guidance and decision making has been slow. On that basis, this review should acknowledge that the Code is a work in progress.
She continued: “The Government and Adjudicator should work more closely with industry and tenants to ensure that leased and tenanted pubs remain a great way to run a business for many generations to come.”