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Government announces 'fairer deal' for pub landlords

The Government has announced long-awaited plans to tackle complaints about landlords "tied" to large pub companies, saying they will now be protected from unfair treatment.

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Pub landlords to get 'fairer deal' under new legislation

The Government says pub landlords will get a "fairer deal" when dealing with large pub companies under new legislation.

Publicans who have to buy supplies from so-called pubcos say they are struggling to make a decent living, with more than half earning less than the minimum wage.

A new statuary code will give pub landlords new rights. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Approximately 23,000 are "tied", or are renting pubs from pub companies, to which the landlord pays rent and from which he must purchase beer - often above the market price.

Under the new code, the Government said pub landlords will benefit from fairer rent assessments, with all tied tenants given the power to request a rent review if they have not had one for five years.

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