Early Warning

Glenda Ferneyhough discusses a recent case prompting practitioners to draw their clients' attention to the details of a lease, as well as other decisions of interest to conveyancers.

The recent decision of the Upper Tribunal of the Lands Chamber in the case of Roundlistic Ltd v Jones and another [2016] UKUT 325 (TCC) is salutary reading for anyone who might be tempted to bypass providing a client with a detailed explanation as to the terms of the lease they are about to purchase.

In the case, the respondent tenant's lease of a maisonette had been extended under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. The tenant sublet a maisonette under an assured shorthold tenancy. The lease did not contain a covenant against subletting but did limit the use to that of 'a single dwelling house in the occupation of the lessee and his family'.

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