Subletting: when no doesn’t always mean no

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In Ansa Logistics Ltd v Towerbeg Ltd [2012] EWHC 3651, the landlord had acted unreasonably in withholding consent to sublet.

This case does not establish any new law, but it serves as a useful reminder that landlords cannot seek to withhold consent on grounds unconnected with the landlord and tenant relationship and that possession and occupation are two entirely distinct concepts.

The claimant was the tenant of land in Speke under two long-term leases that had been granted for the storage and transport of Ford vehicles under a logistics contract with Ford. The defendant was the landlord of the property. Ford was a third party claiming an interest in the land…

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