"(1) Estoppel still a "Shield" not a "Sword" and
(2) Time is "of the Essence" of a Rent Review Date
These two important principles of the common law were upheld today in the House of Lords. In Riverside Housing Association v White the House rejected a landlord's claim that the normal presumption that "time was not of the essence" applied to a rent review date in a lease.
It also declined to review the law on estoppel leaving it as applied by the Court of Appeal. Instead, the appeal was disposed of (in the landlord's favour) on a generous construction of a poorly drafted individual tenancy agreement.
JAN LUBA QC