One of two joint tenants was able to give a notice to quit a joint periodic tenancy, without first referring to the co-tenant. If this was inappropriate, then it was for Parliament to change the law. Such a notice was not the exercise of a ‘function’ relating to the land within the Act, and accordingly there was no need to consult on the notice with the co-tenant. The notice simply served to indicate an unwillingness to withhold consent to the continuance of the tenancy, to allow a liability to continue to accrue. The words of the new Act were strikingly similar to the Act it replaced, and the concept of ‘function’ was not extended.
Times 15-Jun-2001, Gazette 14-Jun-2001,  EWCA Civ 601,  L and TR 34, (2001) 82 P and CR DG26,  35 EG 106,  18 EGCS 175,  3 EGLR 11,  HLR 10,  WTLR 1353
England and Wales
Cited – Newlon Housing Trust v Alsulaimen and Another HL 29-Jul-1998
A tenancy which had been terminated by a notice given by one of the joint tenants had expired. It did not come to an end by any deed, and so was not capable of being set aside by a family court in the course of divorce proceedings. The possession . .
Cited – Sims v Dacorum Borough Council CA 24-Jan-2013
Husband and wife had been joint tenants of the council. On the breakdown of the marriage, W gave notice to quit. H defended the council’s possession action, saying that it was an infringement of his human rights for him to lose his tenancy and home. . .
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Landlord and Tenant, Trusts, Housing
Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.84370