Hazel v Akhtar and Another: CA 12 Dec 2001

A landlord who had consistently accepted late payment of rent from his tenant could become estopped from refusing renewal of a business tenancy on the grounds of late payment of rent. That tenant’s conduct as regards payment of rent involving repeated minor breaches of his obligations under the lease had been acceptable to the landlords was significant. They were estopped in law and equity from insisting that the tenant comply strictly with the lease until such time as the tenant received clear notice that strict compliance was required.


Lord Justice Henry and Sir Anthony Evans


Times 07-Jan-2002, [2001] EWCA Civ 1883, [2002] 07 EG 124, [2002] 07 EG 124, [2002] L and TR 22, [2002] 1 EGLR 45, [2002] 2 P and CR 17, [2002] 1 P and CR DG18, [2002] 1 EGCS 73




Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 30(1)(b)


England and Wales

Landlord and Tenant, Estoppel

Updated: 29 June 2022; Ref: scu.167349