- Sham licences fail to convince (Islington London Borough Council v Green Live Ltd)
- What is the significance of this case? Why is it important for practitioners?
- How helpful is this judgment in clarifying the law in this area? Are there any remaining grey areas?
- What are the practical implications of the judgment? What should practitioners be mindful of when advising in this area?
- How does this case fit in with other developments in this area of the law?
- Do you have any predictions for future developments in this area?
Property Disputes analysis: Letting agents offering ‘licences to occupy’ instead of tenancies have been given a strong warning in light of the decision in Islington London Borough Council v Green Live Ltd, t/a Green Live Estate Agents. Andrew Brookes, partner and head of housing at Anthony Gold, considers how the case—the first of its kind—fits in with the increasing appetite to introduce more regulation into the private rental sector.
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