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Quarter Day Christmas Quiz

To celebrate Quarter Day’s first Christmas, we’ve put together a Christmas quiz to see how much knowledge we have been able to impart to you via our articles throughout the year.

To entice you all to dig into your memory banks there will be a prize on offer to the winner: a bottle of Bollinger.

In the event of a tie, the names of all of those successful people will have their names put into a hat and one lucky prize winner will then be selected at random.

To enter the quiz, please e-mail your answers to the following questions to Associate Solicitor, Joanne Mills by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 10 January 2017. Please ensure that the subject header reads: Quarter Day Christmas Quiz.

The answers to the questions below are all contained in cases which have featured in articles in the 2016 editions of Quarter Day. Those cases may be fact specific and nothing within this quiz should be taken to be legal advice. In respect of any disputes or ambiguous answers which may arise, Chris Perrin, our National Head of Property Litigation, will have the final say.

The winner will be announced in the March 2017 edition of Quarter Day.

Good luck!

  1. Can a tenant validly serve a break notice at a landlord’s address as stated in its lease if the landlord is no longer known at that address?
  2. Can a tenant validly serve a break notice at a landlord’s address as stated in its lease if the landlord is no longer known at that address and if section 23 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927 has not been incorporated into its lease?
  3. Are carpet tiles a landlord’s fixture, a tenant’s fixture or a chattel?
  4. Is the return of keys to a landlord of a property all which is required to surrender a lease?
  5. Can a tenant of a “new” lease (ie. one which was entered into after 31 December 1995) validly assign its lease to its guarantor?
  6. Is the RICS Service Charge Residential Management Code (3rd Edition) legally binding?
  7. Can a tenant obtain relief from forfeiture where more than 6 months has passed since its lease being forfeit?
  8. In the absence of an express term, is a landlord liable for damages in respect of disrepair to common parts of which he has had no notice?
  9. If standard demountable metal stud partitioning is left in premises, is a break clause validly effected where there is a break condition requiring the delivery up of the premises with vacant possession?
  10. If a developer undertakes not to infringe a neighbouring landowner’s rights to light, but subsequent does, is the neighbour more likely to be awarded damages or an injunction by way of a remedy?

Winter 2016

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