Don't count on holding on to your rent, landlords

The uncertain status of commercial tenants holding over the end of a lease has become somewhat more predictable following a Court of Appeal ruling, say Daniel Gatty and Caoimhe McKearney

10 Jun 2014

In Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Erimus Housing Ltd [2013] EWHC 2699 (Ch), the High Court ruled that the tenant of office premises
was held to have become an implied annual tenant when it remained in possession while only desultorily negotiating terms for a new lease with the landlord, Barclays Wealth Trustees. That decision has now been reversed by the Court of Appeal which held that the tenants were tenants at will.

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