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AG Securities v Vaughan [1990]

This case was a conjoined appeal, which also decided Antoniades v Villiers [1990]


  • AG Securities, who had a long lease over a building, licensed each of 4 rooms to separate individuals at different times and under independent agreements


  • Could the licensees claim that they collectively held a lease over the building and therefore claim that they were entitled to protection buy genuine xanax under landlord and tenant legislation?


  • No


  • Although parties cannot contract out of landlord and tenant legislation (the Rent Act 1977 at the time), a shifting population could not be joint tenants of a lease and therefore they were each licensees, not entitled to protection
  • For discussion of the distinction between licences and leases, see land law notes on leases.
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