The rules of the Game have changed for landlords and administrators

By Craig Downhill

On 24 February, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the Gamestation case (Jervis v Pillar Denton and Others). It affects the way that rent is treated in an administration.

When the Game group of companies went into administration, one company was the tenant of hundreds of leasehold properties under which, in most cases, rent was payable in advance on the usual quarter days. 

£10m in rent became due under the leases on 25 March 2012. The group went into administration the next day. Some stores closed immediately. Others continued trading and were included in a sale of the business and assets. £3m of the March rent remained outstanding in respect of those stores that continued trading…

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