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Langham Estate Management Ltd v Hardy [2008] 3 EGLR 125

DATE: 15 Aug 2008

This case involved the lease of luxury residential property at a very high annual rent where the tenant alleged breaches of the Landlords' repairing covenants. It withheld rent and claimed damages for breaches of covenant.

The court had to decide: whether a higher standard of service and repair was to be expected owing to the nature of the property and the level of rent charged; whether the landlord was obliged to employ a professional managing agent; and whether the reasonable time which the landlord had for carrying out repairs was to be judged more stringently in the case of high-class property at high rent.

David Holland represented the tenant.