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Important case for almshouse charities

December 2016

The Court of Appeal confirms the status of almshouse residents

The Court of Appeal has confirmed again that residents of almshouses occupy as licensees and not as tenants. The residents therefore do not obtain rights of security of tenure.

This decision is not surprising considering the legal status has been clear for years, albeit this is not well known or understood outside this specialist sector; but is nevertheless reassuring for almshouse providers.

Further reading

Case Report Watts v Stewart and others [2016] EWCA Civ 1247

 

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