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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 71: Power to grant exemptions from the Pubs Code

360.As there may be circumstances where it is necessary to exempt from the Pubs Code dealings between a specified pub-owning business or pub-owning business of a specified description with a particular type of tenant, or in relation to particular types of pub premises, this section gives the Secretary of State a power to make appropriate regulations. Also, the regulations may set out circumstances in which a tied pub fitting a specified description is not counted for the purpose of calculating whether a business is a pub-owning business under this legislation

361.The Government intends to use this power to introduce regulations to exempt tenancies at will and temporary agreements that are genuinely short-term from coverage by the Pubs Code. The Government will consult on what the maximum duration of such an agreement should be in order to qualify for the exemption.

362.The Government also intends to use this power to exempt franchised pubs from the Market Rent Only provisions (sections 43 to 45) and will consult on the appropriate definition of a franchise pub for this purpose.

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