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Anns v Merton London Borough Council [1978]

Facts

  • Anns’ house was breaking under poor foundations
  • Claimed off council, who had a lease on the building

Issue

  • Did a local council owe a duty to inspect a building for its occupier during building

Decision

Reasoning

  • Anns test created:
  • Is there a sufficient relationship of proximity and foreseeability? If so, a prima facie duty of care exists
  • Are there any considerations which could negative, reduce or limit the scope of liability

Citation

[1978] A.C. 728

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