Supreme Court backs tenant in ‘remarkable’ Cavendish Hotel case

The Supreme Court has backed the tenant in what Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption called a “remarkable case” in which a landlord planned more than £750,000 worth of “useless” renovations just to secure vacant possession. The case, S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel, is one of the most eagerly awaited property rulings of the year and has a direct impact on the ability of landlords to refuse commercial tenants’ applications for lease renewals. It examines what intention a landlord is required to show in order to refuse a new lease on grounds of redevelopment plans, under ground (f)
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