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Date of intention

Adam Gross considers recent case law regarding the date of a landlord's intention to redevelop a property

11 March 2015

The date of a landlord’s intention to redevelop, reconstruct, or carry
out a substantial work of construction to premises, pursuant to section 30(1)(f) (ground (f)) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, is the date of trial. That position has, since the famous 1959 case of Betty’s Cafés, been understood to be the relevant date for a landlord to prove it has the requisite intention. In the case of Hough v Greathall Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 23, the Court of Appeal had to say whether that was still the case in light of the reforms made to the Act in 2004.

On 16 June 2013, the landlord served on the tenant a notice pursuant to section 25 of the Act and opposed the grant of a new lease o...

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