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When will a landlord be liable for its tenant's nuisance. The Supreme Court decided a landlord was not liable as it had neither authorised nor participated in the nuisance.
Coventry and others v Lawrence and another (No 2)  UKSC 46,  All ER (D) 226 (Jul)
This judgment covered a number of points arising from the Supreme Court's earlier decision in Coventry v Lawrence  UKSC 13,  2 All ER 622, in which it decided the occupiers of a stadium and a track were liable in nuisance to the owners and occupiers of a residential bungalow, Fenland, 850 yards away. The nuisance arose from the use of the stadium for speedway racing and other motorcar racing and the use of the track for motorcycle racing and similar activities.
The owners of Fenland brought their proceedings not only against the occupiers of the stadium and track, but also against the occupiers' current landlord and a predecessor landlord. The effect of the Supreme Court's decision was to reverse the Court of Appeal's decision and restore the trial judge's order, which was based on his finding that the occupiers of the stadium and track, but not the landlords, were liable in nuisance. The trial judge's decision had been upheld by the Court of Appeal on the ground that there was no nuisance and so no consideration was given to whether the judge's reasons for rejecting the claims against the landlords were justified.
However, now that the Supreme Court had held that the occupiers of the stadium and track were liable in nuisance, the question arose whether the judge was right in holding that their landlords were nonetheless not liable.
By the time of the trial, Fenland was unoccupied due to a fire and is still fire-damaged today.
The order made by the trial judge included:
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