Conveyance of reversion determines tenancy at will when the tenant knows of it

In Doe d Davies v James Thomas (155 E.R. 792) T was L’s tenant at will. L’s own estate in the property was vested in a third party and T knew of this. It was held that a conveyance of the reversion brings a tenancy at will to an end when the tenant has knowledge of it:

‘The moment the tenant knows that the landlord has done an act which is inconsistent with the continuance of his will – which he has done when he has parted with the reversion, – that is a determination of the will, and the tenant must know that it is his duty to quit at once.’ (Alderson, B)

Michael Lower

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