New Pub Company Reforms mean boost for local landlords

June 4, 2014 12:40 PM

New rules unveiled by the Liberal Democrats will help pub tenants battling to pay rent or beer costs in Cheadle constituency, local MP and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member Mark Hunter has said today.

Landlords tied to large pub companies have said they are struggling to make a decent living, with more than half claiming they earn less than the minimum wage. Standing up for local businesses

The Government will give landlords the right to request a rent review after five years, as well as set up an independent adjudicator with the power to resolve disputes.

Tied tenants have to buy beer from their owning company, and usually pay a higher price for it. This should be balanced out by subsidised rent or other benefits they may receive from their pub company, but this may not happen and rents can be too high. However, under the new code, pub landlords will benefit from fairer rent assessments.

Mark Hunter said:

"I am a long-term supporter of our local publicans and recognise the vital part they play in communities across Cheadle constituency; as well as making an important contribution to the economy. The variety of beer and ale that we have to enjoy was clear at the Annual Stockport Beer Festival which I visited last weekend!

"For a while however, I have felt that too many landlords' income is squeezed by big pub companies. As such I am pleased that the Liberal Democrats are taking action by introducing these reforms that will ensure that landlords will get a fairer deal."

Within the proposals are measures that will ensure:

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