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Central London Property v High Trees House

[1947] KB 130

Case summary last updated at 02/01/2020 12:52 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Central London Property v High Trees House

 D was letting flats in a building owned by P and couldn’t pay the rent. P agreed to reduce the rent for a period of time, but later tried to claim arrears for the full level of rent. The court (Denning J) ruled that as a result of the equitable doctrine, a promise to accept a smaller sum in discharge of a larger sum, if acted upon, is binding regardless of the absence of consideration. This followed the Hughes ruling. 

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