Somma v Hazelhurst: CA 1978

A young unmarried couple H and S occupied a double bedsitting room for which they paid a weekly rent. The landlord did not provide services or attendance and the couple were not lodgers but tenants enjoying exclusive possession.
Held: The agreements granted licences only rather than tenancies because the landlord reserved the right to allow others to share the property, and the arrangements were created by separate agreements which could be ended seperately.
[1978] 1 WLR 1014
England and Wales
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CitedSturolson v Weniz CA 1984
The plaintiffs took occupation under an agreement which purported to grant a non exclusive right of possession of the flat, and to be personal. Occupation could only be shared with persons approved in advance by L. L’s agent had said the agreement . .
CitedA G Securities v Vaughan; Antoniades v Villiers and Bridger HL 10-Nov-1988
In Antoniades, the two tenants occupied an attic, living together. Each had at the same time signed identical agreements purporting to create licences. The landlord had reserved to himself the right to occupy the property and to allow others to . .

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Updated: 21 September 2021; Ref: scu.221739