Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders Limited v Ninos Koumetto (as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Kevin Geoghegan Conway)
A long leaseholder who let his flat to short-stay guests for profit via Airbnb and other online platforms failed to appeal against a decision granting his landlord an injunction. The use amounted to a breach of covenants against subletting and permitting others to occupy the flat otherwise than by an authorised sublet or assignment, and of a user covenant requiring the flat to be used as a “residential flat with the occupation of one family only”. The grant of an injunction was an appropriate exercise of discretion in the circumstances.
Mark Sefton QC appeared on the appeal for the landlord, who was represented by James Tipler at first instance.
The full judgment can be found here
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