Jervis v Harris: CA 9 Nov 1995

A provision in the lease obliged a tenant to carry out repairs and provided that if he did not do so, the landlord might do the repairs and recover from the tenant the costs and expenses of doing so.
Held: The provision was not a penalty. The money was payable not upon the breach but because the landlord decided to do the repairs himself and upon him doing them, notwithstanding that the tenant’s breach was, of course, necessarily a part of the sequence of events whereby the money came to be payable. A landlord’s claim for rent is a claim in debt and the rule requiring an injured party to mitigate his losses does not apply to a claim in debt.

Millett LJ, Otton LJ
Ind Summary 04-Dec-1995, Gazette 24-Jan-1996, Times 14-Nov-1995, [1996] Ch 195, [1995] EWCA Civ 9, [1996] 2 WLR 220, [1996] 1 All ER 303, [1996] 1 EGLR 78, [1996] 10 EG 159
Leasehold Property (Repairs) Act 1938 1
England and Wales
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Landlord and Tenant, Contract, Damages

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Updated: 02 November 2021; Ref: scu.82521