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You and your pub are unique. We do not believe that ‘one size fits all’ and we carry this through to the flexible nature of the commercial arrangements we have with our licensees.

We offer two core agreements, the Admiral Tenancy Agreement and the Admiral Lease, along with our additional Business Support Agreement (a forerunner to our more substantive agreements). Our experienced team are empowered to a strike a supportive commercial deal that is right for the licensee and the pub so that together we can both benefit from developing a strong, sustainable business.


The Admiral Business Support Agreement (BSA) is a short-term agreement which helps to set new licenses on the path to success. It is excluded from the security of tenure provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and is designed as an introduction and forerunner into a more substantive agreement.

During the course of the BSA your Business Development Manager and the Admiral team will work closely with you to support you in the crucial early stages of taking on a new pub business. The agreement offers added support, aimed helping you establish good financial and operational habits from day one. The BSA includes:

  • Guidance on business planning and profit and loss management
  • Business accountancy and stock taking services
  • A bespoke training package
  • BII membership / FLVA Membership
  • Bespoke commercial support

Subject to compliance with the BSA, Admiral will pay for half of the accountancy and stock taking services for the duration of the BSA to give your business the best opportunity of being successful. The agreement is fully tied, non assignable and for a fixed term only.


For new licensees, this is usually a fixed five year tenancy agreement. It may not be assigned and is excluded from the security of tenure provisions of the LTA 1954, which means there is no automatic right to renewal. The rent may be increased or decreased annually on each anniversary date based on indexation, which we measure using the Retail Price Index.

There is no open market rent review within the Admiral Tenancy agreements.

Given the shorter term of the Admiral Tenancy agreements your repairing obligations are less onerous than the Admiral Lease and you are not responsible for structural defects although you are responsible for internal repair and decoration. A summary of your repairing obligations are set out in the paper work and for new tenancy agreements, a Schedule of Condition will be provided to highlight the condition of the property in advance of you preparing your business plan.

The Admiral Tenancy agreement is also available with a break option for both parties (normally three or six months) and your BDM will be able to discuss this with you. Again, such agreements will be excluded from the security of tenure provisions of the LTA 1954 and although there is no automatic right to renewal, we will write to you at least six months before the expiry of your agreement to advise that the agreement will expire and that your BDM will be in contact to discuss the available options.


The Admiral Lease is designed to encourage greater lessee investment by offering more security and flexibility, therefore allowing our lessees to develop their businesses over a longer period of time and to create capital value. Lessees are able to set the term to suit their business plans in blocks of five years from 10 to 30 years. The Admiral Lease is not usually excluded from the security of tenure provisions of Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the LTA 1954). Rents may increase or decrease annually on the anniversary date in line with inflation, which we measure by reference to the Retail Price Index. In addition, rents are also separately reviewed every fifth year of the term to an open market rental.

Under the terms of the standard Admiral Lease you are required to put and keep the whole of the property in good repair and condition. It is therefore important that you are fully aware of the condition of the property at outset. To assist with this, for all new leases we will provide you with a current Schedule of Condition which highlights the condition of the property at that time.

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