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Required wording not a strict condition of exercise of break option.

Where a tenant’s break option stated that a break notice “must be expressed to be given under section 24(2) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954”, a notice that did not so state was nevertheless a valid notice: the requirement was not an indispensable condition of the option, and no detriment was suffered by the landlord as a result of the omission of the words: Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd v Friends Life Limited, judgment given on 12 July 2013. Timothy Fancourt QC appeared with Tom Weekes for the successful tenant.

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