Court of Appeal identifies that buildings are “indefinitely variable in character and function”.

Court of Appeal identifies that buildings are “indefinitely variable in character and function”.

  • Grosvenor (Mayfair) Estate v Merix International Ventures Ltd and another [2017] EWCA Civ 190, saw the Court of Appeal's consideration over whether or not an unoccupied property that had been used previously as both offices and residential accommodation was a house under section 2 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (LRA 1967).
  • Tenant (M) claimed it was entitled to the freehold of a property (Property) from the freeholder (G). G denied this claim.
  • The Property had previously been used partially for office purposes but also with residential accommodation. From 2000, however, it had been unoccupied.
  • The Court of Appeal dismissed G's appeal however, identifying that buildings are "infinitely variable in character and function".