Doe Ex Dem Buross And Others v Lucas And Others: 1804

The tenant had died, leaving his widow as his executrix. The notice to quit was given by leaving it at the house where he had lived during his lifetime, but there was no evidence of it having come into his widow’s hands. It was argued that this was not a legal notice to quit, that service at the house where the tenant lived was never sufficient, and that there had to be delivery to the tenant, his wife or a servant, with (in the case of a servant) evidence that the notice came into the tenant’s hands. The plaintiff asserted, relying on Jones d Griffiths v Marsh, 100 ER 1121, that the mere service of the notice at the house was sufficient.
Held: The plaintiff’s argument was rejected.
Lord Ellenborough LCJ said: ‘that case was different from this; in that case, the notice was delivered at the tenant’s dwelling house, and explained to the servant. The objection was then taken, that the servant was not called, who might have accounted for the notice, and stated whether it had been delivered or not; and that not being called, it was strong presumptive evidence, that her master had received the notice, and should be left to the jury: but here there was no such evidence offered. The tenant might be turned out of possession by a trick.’
Lord Ellenborough LCJ
[1807] EngR 28, (1803, 1806, 1807) 5 Esp 153, (1807) 170 ER 769 (B)
England and Wales
AppliedJones On The Demise of Griffiths v Marsh 21-Nov-1791
Where the tenant of an estate holden by the year has a dwelling-house at another place, the delivery of a notice to quit to his servant at the dwelling-house, is strong presumptive evidence that the master received the notice. . .

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Updated: 19 July 2021; Ref: scu.340199