By Luke Holden, Lucy Shepherd

A recent case has decided that a section 25 notice served on the wrong person was valid and made an order for terms on an unopposed lease renewal.

Facts

In Dukeminster Ltd v West End Investments (Cowell Group) Ltd, the tenant occupied business premises in Mayfair, London. The contractual term of its lease had come to an end.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, tenants of business premises have the right to remain in occupation once the contractual term of their lease has expired and to request a new lease on similar terms. To end the lease or to start the renewal process, either the landlord or the tenant needs to
serve a statutory notice.