Manfield and Sons Ltd v Botchin: 1970

The tenant wished to occupy a shop, which the landlord wished to develop, but where the landlord awaited clearance of planning difficulties. The tenant was granted a tenancy at will. After occupying the property for more than four years, the tenant asserted security of tenure under the Act.
Held: A tenancy at will expressly granted, and with no provisions inconsistent with the nature of a tenancy at will such as for forfeiture, is not protected by the 1954 Act, provided the two parties genuinely agreed it to be such.


[1970] 2 QB 612


Landlord and Tenant Act 1954


England and Wales

Landlord and Tenant

Updated: 07 December 2022; Ref: scu.186965