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Ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

The Court of Appeal considered if a notice under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (section 21 notice), seeking possession of a property let under an assured shorthold tenancy was valid if, at the time it was served, a security deposit paid in respect of the tenancy was not protected in accordance with the statutory scheme provided under the Housing Act 2004.

Non-Mandatory Leasebacks

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has decided that a landlord, in a claim for collective enfranchisement by its tenants, was not entitled to require a leaseback of a unit that did not exist at the relevant date. By the same token, the landlord was not entitled to a leaseback of a unit, which was, or was included in, an area that was a common part at the relevant date. (Merie Bin Mahfouz Company (UK) Ltd v Barrie House (Freehold) Ltd [2014] UKUT 390 (LC).)