Lease in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • International Drilling Fluids Ltd v Louisville Investments (Uxbridge) Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Noviembre 1985

    (2) As a corollary to the first proposition, a landlord is not entitled to refuse his consent to an assignment on grounds which have nothing whatever to do with the relationship of landlord and tenant in regard to the subject matter of the lease. (See Houlder Bros. & Co. y. Gibbs (supra) a decision which (despite some criticism) is binding on this Court; Bickel v. Duke of Westminster (1977) Q.B. 517).

  • Kammins Ballrooms Company Ltd v Zenith Investments (Torquay) Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 14 Julio 1970

    This arises in a situation where a person is entitled to alternative rights inconsistent with one another. If he has knowledge of the facts which give rise in law to these alternative rights and acts in a manner which is consistent only with his having chosen to rely on one of them, the law holds him to his choice even though he was unaware that this would be the legal consequence of what he did.

  • Bickel v Duke of Westminster
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 08 Julio 1976

    But I do not think they do lay down any propositions of law, and for this reason:- The words of the contract are perfectly clear English words: "such licence shall not be unreasonably withheld". When those words come to be applied in any particular case, I do not think the Court can, or should, determine by strict rules the grounds on which a landlord may, or may not, reasonably refuse his consent. He is not limited by the contract to any particular grounds.

  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council v Host Group Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 03 Noviembre 1987

    Thus, like all points of construction, the meaning of this rent review clause depends upon the particular language used interpreted having regard to the context provided by the whole document and the matrix of the material surrounding circumstances, whilst recognising, therefore, that the particular language used will always be of paramount importance, it is proper and only sensible, when construing a rent review clause, to have in mind what normally is the commercial purpose of such a clause.

  • Arnold v Britton and Others
    • Supreme Court
    • 10 Junio 2015

    That meaning has to be assessed in the light of (i) the natural and ordinary meaning of the clause, (ii) any other relevant provisions of the lease, (iii) the overall purpose of the clause and the lease, (iv) the facts and circumstances known or assumed by the parties at the time that the document was executed, and (v) commercial common sense, but (vi) disregarding subjective evidence of any party's intentions.

  • Hindcastle Ltd v Barbara Attenborough Associates Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 22 Febrero 1996

    The statute provides that a disclaimer operates to determine the interest of the tenant in the disclaimed property but not so as to affect the rights or liabilities of any other person. Thus when the lease is disclaimed it is determined and the reversion accelerated but the rights and liabilities of others, such as guarantors and original tenants, are to remain as though the lease had continued and not been determined.

  • Harvey v Pratt
    • Court of Appeal
    • 06 Mayo 1965

    The first point is this: The document does not specify any date from which the lease is to commence. It has been settled law for all my time that, in order to have a valid agreement for a lease, it is essential that it should appear, either in express terms or by reference to some writing which would make it certain, or by reasonable inference from the language used, on what day the term is to commence. As Lord Justice Lush said in Marshall v. Berridge, in 19 Chancery Division at page 245:

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Land Lease IT.
    • No. 2001, January 2001
    • Financial Management (UK)
    • Johnson, Danielle
    • Brief Article
    ...Fabian Swampillai FCMA has joined Land Lease IT division, Europe, as financial controller. He was previously a European accounting manager at an American Biotech company. ......
  • Lag vacancy, effective rents and optimal lease term
    • No. 17-1, March 1999
    • Journal of Property Investment & Finance
    • 75-88
    This paper analyses the choice of the optimal lease term of office property in relation to expected lag vacancy, periods of rent‐free and expected rental income growth. The optimal lease term is th...
  • Lease structures and occupancy costs in eco-labeled buildings
    • No. 38-1, January 2020
    • Journal of Property Investment & Finance
    • 31-46
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether energy-efficient green buildings tend to provide net lease structures over gross lease ones. It then considers whether owners benefit by...
  • Pricing lease clauses – The prospect of an art becoming science
    • No. 18-2, April 2000
    • Journal of Property Investment & Finance
    • 177-195
    This paper reviews the literature which models lease covenants using option‐pricing techniques, probabilistic measures of risk and the contractual misalignment of incentives. These quantitative mod...
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • (UK) Lease Guarantees: An Update
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    When tenants offer landlords guarantees of their lease liabilities landlords need to take care what assignment rights the tenant can have and this was demonstrated in last week’s Court of Appeal de...
  • New Lease Code for Old
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    The professional statement, “Code for leasing business premises”, published by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) incorporates the proposal for a new lease code. The consultation per...
  • Green Lease Toolkit
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
  • The 'Green' Lease
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
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