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Abbeyfield  (Harpenden) Society Ltd v Woods [1968] 1 WLR 374 Court of Appeal

A resident in a residential home for the elderly was held to be a licensee.

Lord Denning MR:

"the modern cases show that a man may be a licensee even though he has exclusive possession, even though the word 'rent' is used, and even though the word 'tenancy' is used. The court must look at the agreement as a whole and see whether a tenancy really was intended. In this case there is, besides the one room, the provision of services, meals, a resident housekeeper, and such like. The whole arrangement was so personal in nature thatthe proper inference is" that he was a licensee."

 

 

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