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Forfeiture of Leases

1st edition
Peter Petts and Jamal Demachkie
Availability: Published

Forfeiture is the principal legal means of recovering possession of land in a commercial landlord and tenant context. 

Despite statutory restrictions, it also remains very relevant in a residential context (particularly in respect of leasehold service charges).

Forfeiture of Leases is a new book offering comprehensive and authoritative guidance on the subject covering both residential and commercial issues.

It is an essential guide for practitioners dealing with the principles of forfeiture, whether or not on a frequent basis.  It not only provides those with less experience of this area with a clear statement of the law and a straightforward answer to whatever issue has arisen, but also more in depth discussion of those issues which have troubled judges and practitioners, alike, over the centuries.

It includes reference to source material.


  1. 1. The nature of forfeiture; 2. The right to forfeit; 3. Breach; 4. Limitations on exercising the right to forfeit - s.146 LPA 1925; 5. Other limitations on exercising the right to forfeit; 6. The effect of tenant insolvency; 7. Waiver of the right to forfeit; 8. How to forfeit; 9. Relief from forfeiture - breaches other than rent; 10. Relief from forfeiture - rent arrears; 11. Relief from forfeiture – third parties; 12. Post forfeiture considerations; 13. Reform.

About the Author

Peter Petts has over 20 years’ first-hand experience of forfeiture of commercial and residential leases. He is described as “Outstanding” in the legal directories and regularly accepts all levels of court and tribunal instructions, predominantly in the fields of landlord and tenant, and real property. Jamal Demachkie is recommended in all major legal directories for his property expertise. “A junior to behold”, he has been involved in several of the leading cases on landlord and tenant law. He sits as both a Deputy District Judge and Recorder.




Property and conveyancing


September 2021


The Law Society




240 Pages