The PCA and Deputy PCA have called on all the Code pub-owning businesses not currently waiving rent to demonstrate how they will support every tenant for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
The Covid-19 emergency creates a threat to the livelihoods of tied tenants. Those tenants will need the support of their pub companies if they are to survive in their pubs and to return to profitability once the crisis has passed.
The Pubs Code Adjudicator and Deputy Adjudicator are, they say aware that five of the six pub companies regulated under the Pubs Code are amongst those who have not yet waived any rent for tenants of their pubs. These are the largest pub companies in England and Wales – each having at least 500 tied pubs.
The PCA says it has made contact with all of the regulated pub companies, and is “exploring what they are doing, and what more they can do, throughout this emergency period to support their tenants.”
While recognising that they are all facing their own uniquely difficult challenges during this period, there is an opportunity now for them to demonstrate leadership to the wider industry and to show that they will go as far as anyone to protect each tenant and how they will do that.