A tenant was in very substantial arrears, but succeeded in having a claim for failure to repair set off against them leaving thirteen thousand pounds outstanding. The judge ordered possession but suspended it on terms which would require the arrears to be paid off over 55 years. The landlord’s appeal succeeded. The judge had already allowed for the landlord’s delay in acting, and such an order could only be made where the tenant had a prospect of paying off the arrears within a reasonable and definite time.
England and Wales
Housing, Landlord and Tenant
Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.89693