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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 47: Inconsistency with Pubs Code etc

299.Subsection (1) of this section provides a power for the Secretary of State to make regulations about terms of tenancies or other agreements between pub-owning businesses and tied pub tenants. The regulations might provide that terms which are inconsistent with the Pubs Code would be void or unenforceable. The regulations might also cover terms which would penalise the tied tenant for requiring a pub-owning business to behave in accordance with any provision of the Pubs Code the pub-owning business is bound to comply with; or which say that a rent assessment or fee in lieu of rent due for a tied tenancy may only be initiated by the pub-owning business or that a rent or fee assessment may conclude only that the amount payable is to be increased.

300.Subsection (3) allows the regulations to make provision about terms of agreements entered into before the regulations come into force.

301.Any agreement between a pub-owning business and a tied pub tenant is void to the extent that it prevents or penalises the tenant from referring a dispute to the Adjudicator for arbitration in accordance with section 48; and the agreement is unenforceable if it is an arbitration agreement that is inconsistent with sections 50 and 51, covering arbitrations, or with regulations covering the award of costs against a tied tenant in respect of an arbitration, made under section 51(7).

302.Subsection (6) states that subsections (4) and (5) apply to terms in agreements made before – as well as after – this section comes into force.

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