Certainty of Terms and Leases: Curiouser and Curiouser
Singapore Management University - School of Law
The Modern Law Review, Vol. 75, Issue 3, pp. 401-412, 2012
The common law rule that requires leases to have a fixed terminus from the outset is one that has been much criticised. In Berrisford v Mexfield Housing Co‐operative Ltd, the Supreme Court managed to blunt its effect by suggesting that most leases of uncertain duration can be transformed into 90‐year tenancies. However, it is suggested that their Lordships have possibly misunderstood and overstretched an ancient common law ‘rule’ and have not fully considered some of the implications of their decision.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: Leases, Licences, Contract, Numerus Clausus, Positive CovenantsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 4, 2012
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