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Lace v Chantler [1944]

Facts

  • A lease was purportedly granted ‘for the duration of the war’, referring to World War II

Issue

  • Was ‘the duration of the war’ certain enough to grant a good leasehold interest?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Neither was the length of the war certain, nor was the method of determining if and when the war had ended
  • Prospective certainty is required in the certainty of duration of a lease
  • For the other requirements of a lease, see land law notes on leases
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