Regina v Rent Officer of Nottinghamshire Registration Area, ex parte Allen: 1985

The officer had entered a fair rent for a caravan. The site owner sought the vacation of the entry. The caravan was fully mobile, but was also connected to mains water and electric and sewage. The connections were easily removed, and the caravan was from time to time moved.
Held: Whether a caravan counted as a house within the section depended upon the circumstances. The fact that the caravans were sometimes moved, and the impermanence of the connections to the mains utilities took them outside the section. A county court judge can make a declaration as to whether a tenancy is protected under the Act (s 141(1)(a)), but cannot order an alteration in the register. A landlord wanting to challenge a proposed registration should do so quickly, so that the Officer could delay making the entry.


Farquharson J


(1985) 275 EG 251, (1985) 17 HLR 481, [1985] 2 EGLR 153


Rent Act 1977 1 141(1)(a)


England and Wales

Housing, Landlord and Tenant

Updated: 05 July 2022; Ref: scu.221534