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Rent review

Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd V Spence 2013

In a recent case about appealing an arbitrator’s decision on a rent review it was held that the arbitrator’s failure to give adequate reasons for his decision did not give rise to a substantial injustice to the landlord.

The claimant landlord had challenged the award that was given by the arbitrator under s68 of the Arbitration Act 1996. In order for his argument to succeed the landlord needed to show that a serious irregularity had or will cause a substantial injustice. The claimant relied on the inadequacy of the arbitrator’s decision to try and prove this.

The court agreed that the standard of reasoning by the arbitrator was poor, but that they had done enough to explain how they reached their conclusions and so the application was dismissed.

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