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Karani Manika Mudaliar Vs. T. Chinnappa Mudaliar and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtChennai
Decided On
Judge
Reported in16Ind.Cas.1002
AppellantKarani Manika Mudaliar
RespondentT. Chinnappa Mudaliar and ors.
Excerpt:
lessor and lessee - condition that the lessee is to hold for such time as he requires, or wishes--tenancy-at-will--right of lessor. - .....18 halsbury, page 434.2. we agree that the lease is expressed as creating a tenancy at the will of the lessees and we have not been shown sufficient reason for refusing to adopt the english law on the point.3. we think, therefore, that the plaintiff was entitled to terminate the tenancy, and he has done so.4. the district judge's decision must be modified and the plaintiff must have a decree for recovery of possession of the market in addition to the decree for rent given by the district judge for mesne profits at the rate of rs. 18 a month till the delivery of possession from date of plaint.5. each party will bear his own costs throughout.
Judgment:

1. We find ourselves unable to differ from the conclusion of the District Judge on the facts. We think the plaintiff is bound by the lease evidenced by Exhibit C. By that document, the lessees are to hold for such time as they require or wish, and it is argued that the condition as thus expressed, is a tenancy at the will of the lessee and so by implication of law a tenancy at the will of the lessor also. This contention is supported by reference to Coke on Littleton, page 55 (a) and is in accordance with the Law of England as laid down in 18 Halsbury, page 434.

2. We agree that the lease is expressed as creating a tenancy at the will of the lessees and we have not been shown sufficient reason for refusing to adopt the English Law on the point.

3. We think, therefore, that the plaintiff was entitled to terminate the tenancy, and he has done so.

4. The District Judge's decision must be modified and the plaintiff must have a decree for recovery of possession of the market in addition to the decree for rent given by the District Judge for mesne profits at the rate of Rs. 18 a month till the delivery of possession from date of plaint.

5. Each party will bear his own costs throughout.


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