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Protected business tenancies may not be so secure after all

Posted on 28 July 2017. Source: Property Week

Protected business tenancies may not be so secure after all

In S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the High Court held that a landlord is entitled to refuse the grant of a protected business tenancy on redevelopment grounds even where the redevelopment is devised solely for the purpose of evicting the tenant and confers no other benefit on the landlord.

The premises in question comprised part of the ground floor and basement of the Cavendish Hotel on Jermyn Street, London. The landlord opposed the tenant’s request for a new tenancy of the premises on the basis that it intended to redevelop the site.  
The tenant, which had occupied the premises for more than 25 years, issued proceedings seeking the grant of a new tenancy.

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