Judgment was recently handed down in the Court of Appeal case of No 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd  EWCA Civ 250. It is the first reported decision on the application of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988 in the residential context, but it has implications as much for commercial landlords and tenants, as for residential. The case examined important issues which arose from a long lessee of a flat applying to its landlord for consent to assign. The judgment decided that where a landlord refuses consent on three grounds, two of which are reasonable and one is not, the refusal of consent is still valid. The case also contains several important practical lessons for landlords who are under a duty not unreasonably to refuse consent to assign.
Martin Hutchings QC acted for the appellant and Jonathan Seitler QC for the respondent.