Sidebotham v Holland: CA 1895

A house was let to the defendant as a yearly tenant ‘commencing on May 19 instant’, and on 17th November the landlord served a notice to quit ‘on 19th May next’.
Held: It related to a point of time which was held to be common to both dates and was effective since the days were contiguous. Linley LJ said that a special rule applied for determining periodic tenancies at comon law.
A L Smith LJ, doubting this, said: ‘the plaintiff has only himself to blame for the difficulties he is in in this case. Had he added the words which are very ordinarily inserted in a notice to quit, ‘or at the expiration of the year of your tenancy, which shall expire next after the end of one half-year from the service of this notice,’ and which are inserted to avoid such a point as that now taken, all would have been in order; but the words are not there. If the notice to quit in this case had been for May 20 or 21 or any later day I should have had no doubt but that it was a bad notice; and I own that the inclination of my opinion is that the present notice is bad because it does not expire upon the last day of some year of the tenancy; but, as Lord Halsbury and Lindley L.J. are of opinion that, inasmuch as this was a full six months’ notice given to quit upon the anniversary of the day upon which the tenancy commenced, it is good, though the tenancy expired at midnight the day before, I yield to what they say, and will not differ from them, and hold that this unmeritorious technicality must prevail; and I content myself with expressing what I have said.’
AL Smith LJ, Lord Halsbury
[1895] 1 QB 378, 64 LJQB 200, [1895] UKLawRpKQB 236
England and Wales
Cited by:
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Updated: 14 October 2021; Ref: scu.185076