Save Our Pubs – COVID Rents
The pub industry has been fighting for it’s survival through the COVID-19 lockdown. CAMRA has called on pub companies large and small to treat their tenants fairly and make sure that they are charging fair rents.
What’s the issue?
In the pub industry, rent is charged to tenants based on the turnover of their pub. Pubs were ordered to close during the COVID-19 lockdown, but many pub companies continued to charge their tenants rent, or delayed collecting it rather than cancelling it. As lockdown lifts, many pubs will face a period of reduced turnover, and this should be reflected in the rent they are charged. If a pub doesn’t have any turnover, it shouldn’t be paying any rent.
Update on COVID rent campaigning
Following the ‘Save Pubs – Cancel Rents’ campaign, CAMRA issued a further ‘challenge’ to the largest pub companies in May.
We challenged the pub companies to announce more support for tenants in the form of rent discounts when pubs reopen.
Pub companies should not be charging ‘pre-COVID’ rents to tenants at the point of reopening, as pubs will be operating at a decreased capacity due to social distancing rules. Pubcos need to announce rent discounts and support for their tenants NOW, and commit to keeping these support arrangements in place well into next year, to ensure the survival of our much-loved pubs across the UK.
The links below contain the most recent updates on reopening support for tenants from the ‘Big Six’ regulated pub companies:
Marston’s – Marston’s have not released any further statements since 18 March (available here). We have met with them since that, and they reiterated their commitment to supporting their tenants on a case by case basis, including rent reductions of up to 50%, grants to pubs which did not qualify for government support because of their rateable value, and credits or refunds for unused stock.
Punch- Punch have not released any official statements regarding rent cancellation or other support for their tied tenants since the letter sent in response to our initial campaign. It is our understanding that they have deferred rent (at the full rate) for the first 12 weeks of the lockdown, and have offered rent credits from July.
Save Pubs – Cancel Rent campaign
At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, over 19,000 concerned pub goers took part in our ‘Save Pubs – Cancel Rent’ campaign and wrote to five of the “Big Six” pub companies, and asked them to cancel rent for their tenants while pubs were shut.
Click on the buttons to download the responses that the pub companies sent us.
These pub companies and brewers cancelled rent for their tenants during pub closures – thank you!
- Gray & Sons
- Hall and Woodhouse
- JC Palmer
- Joseph Holt
- Shepherd Neame
- St Austell
- Timothy Taylors
- Wells and Co.