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Agent of Necessity

  • When an agent acts without formal authority from the landlord to avoid a potential disaster - e.g. engaging a plumber to prevent a flood, his defence for so acting is that there was no reasonable alternative - the landlord would be legally obliged to pay the agent costs even if he objected, provided the agent demonstrated that he acted reasonably in all the circumstances.

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Published: 5 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021