Opposed lease renewals: stepping into the (tenant) breach…

By Liam Bell

In the recent case of Youssefi v Mussellwhite, the Court of Appeal provided useful guidance as to when a landlord may justifiably oppose a tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Under the act, a tenant of business premises has a right to renew their lease at the end of the contractual term, provided that it meets certain criteria. A landlord may oppose a tenant’s application for renewal of such a lease only on the limited grounds prescribed by the act, and if the ground relied on relates to breaches of covenant by the tenant, the landlord will escape liability to pay compensation to the tenant at the end of the term…

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