1243. Enfranchisement where landlord cannot be found or his identity ascertained.

Where a tenant1 of a house2 having a right3 to acquire the freehold is prevented from giving notice of his desire to have the freehold because the person to be served with the notice cannot be found, or his identity cannot be ascertained, then, on an application made by the tenant4, the court may make5 such order as it thinks fit with a view to the house and premises6 being vested in him, his executors, administrators or assigns for the like estate and on the like terms, so far as the circumstances permit, as if he had at the