Supreme Court ruling weakens landlords’ power to oppose lease renewals

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The landmark ruling on Franses v The Cavendish Hotel came as a surprise to some legal experts who have predicted it will create a “hostile environment” on the high street, while others claimed it is good news for tenants.

In the case, Franses, an antique rug shop, accused the landlord, the hotel, of performing remedial works in its building with the sole aim of using the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 to refuse the retailer a new lease.

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