Hough v Greathall Ltd

Landlord and tenant – Business premises. The judge, in dismissing the tenant's application for a new tenancy of a business premises, held that the relevant date for ascertainment of the landlord's intention to demolish and reconstruct the property on the termination of the tenant's tenancy, for the purposes of s 30(1)(f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, was the date of the hearing before him, and that intention had been established as at that date. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the tenant's appeal, held that s 30(1)(f) of the Act required the landlord to prove his intention at the date of the hearing and there was no practical reason why he should also be required to prove that he had held that intention at the date of service of his notice to terminate the tenancy.

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