Landlord and tenant

Topland Portfolio No 1 Ltd v Smiths News Trading Ltd

  • Court of Appeal
  • 21 January 2014
  • Hallett and Sullivan LJJ and Arnold J
  • [2014] EWCA Civ 18
  • [2014] 1 EGLR 38
  • [2014] EGILR 14
 

Landlord and tenant – Surety – Liability – Party acting as surety of tenant’s obligations under lease of commercial premises – Tenant effecting substantial alterations to demised premises under licence granted by landlord – Surety not a party to licence or consenting to it – Tenant becoming insolvent – Whether landlord entitled to enforce obligations of surety – Whether surety discharged from liability by reason of alterations – Rule in Holme v Brunskill (1878) 3 QBD 495 – Whether application of rule displaced by forbearance clause in lease

 

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