Selous Street Properties v Oronel: ChD 1984

The tenant had made unauthorised alterations to the premises by the construction of some toilets, in breach of covenant. The position was later regularised with a licence from the landlord, reciting that the lessee had made alterations to the demised premises in contravention of the covenant against alterations and provided that the lessor authorised the retention of those alterations in consideration of certain covenants. Those covenants included a covenant at the expiration or sooner determination of the lease if required by the lessor and at the lessee’s expense to reinstate the demised premises by removing the works and making good.
Held: Hutchinson J rejected the argument that the grant of the licence amounted to forbearance by the lessor for reasons ‘it is difficult see to how, even allowing that forbearance adds something to neglect, it can sensibly be said to envisage a binding agreement not to enforce the covenants. I should add, in any event, that I am not convinced by an argument that depends on importing to the word ‘forbearance’ some significantly different meaning to that connoted by the word ‘neglect’, because it is common experience to find that legal documents, like the Book of Common Prayer, use two words to convey the same meaning.’
Hutchinson J
[1984] 1 EGLR 50
England and Wales
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