An independent body that could enforce a new code of practice on pub companies is a must if landlords are to get a fair deal and pubs are to be prevented from closing, it is claimed
The Federation of Small Businesses has found that seven out of 10 pub tenants reckon relationships with their landlords will not improve otherwise.
The FSB says a Parliamentary Select Committee said last year that a revised code of practice should be put in place to help tenants who were being crippled by the high rents and beer prices charged by Pub Companies, or Pubcos.
According to the FSB, the revised code of practice places additional responsibilities and financial burdens on pub tenants.
FSB regional chairman and Sheffield businessman, Gordon Millward, said: “For years now, lessees of tenanted pubs have been telling us they are being crippled by both high beer prices and rent which have to be passed on to their customers to survive.
“Things looked set to improve when the revised code of practice was put in place, but our members have told us that it isn’t working.
“There are still 25 pubs closing every week.
“The closure of a pub does not just affect tenants and their families, but the wider community.”