Still the law after 300 years!

Section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1730 may be of some interest notwithstanding it came into effect nearly 300 years ago. In summary, if a tenant wrongly holds over at the end of a lease, then the landlord can claim “double value”.

This will apply to tenancies from year to year or tenancies with fixed terms of years but probably not to weekly tenancies and probably not for tenancies which run from month to month or quarter to quarter. “Double value” is usually interpreted as being double rent, being the value of what an occupier would give and what a landlord would otherwise have received for the use of the premises.


Alban Gordon
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