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English Court of Appeal Clarifies Scope of Landlord's Repairing Covenant

April 21, 2008

By Donna Goldsworthy and Miranda Thomas

In the recent case of Pattrick & Another v Marley Estates Management [2007] EWCA Civ 1176, the English Court of Appeal had to decide the meaning of the word "building" in a landlord's repairing covenant. The case underlines the need for careful drafting in repairing covenants and service charge clauses so that the respective obligations of landlord and tenant are clear and disputes are avoided.

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