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Old Issues, New Incentives, New Approach? Property Guardians and the Lease/Licence Distinction

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Derek Whayman



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This article considers the test for a lease in Street v Mountford [1985] A.C. 809 (HL) and how it has been interpreted in the novel situation of property guardians. One guardian case, Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Khoo [2018] EWHC 2296 (QB), suggests a shift away from Street towards greater respect for freedom of contract and a greater readiness to find only a licence. There is a lack of consistency and the opposite is seen in Camelot Property Management Ltd v Roynon (24 February 2017, Bristol County Court). This article also examines how the test could be adjusted to reduce the strain in the law and incentivise better practice by landlords.

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Author(s): Whayman D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Conveyancer and Property Lawyer

Year: 2019

Volume: 83

Pages: 47-54

Online publication date: 15/03/2019

Acceptance date: 05/03/2019

Date deposited: 05/03/2019

ISSN (print): 0010-8200

ISSN (electronic): 0010-8200

Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell



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