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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made since the publication of the Portas Review to encourage a contract of care between landlords and their commercial tenants by promoting the leasing code and supporting the use of lease structures other than upward-only rent reviews.
In February 2012, we requested the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the British Retail Consortium to do more to support and distribute the Leasing Code. In July 2012, they responded by providing a model lease for small businesses, which is Leasing Code compliant and excludes rent reviews. We have written all local authorities asking them to join the British Property Federation's Commercial Landlords Accreditation Scheme, which, requires members to abide by the Leasing Code. We have also obtained the Rightmove website's support to promote the Leasing Code in their commercial property listings.