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.
  • See also Agent of necessity , repairsmaintenance.

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