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Central London Property Trust Ltd v High Trees House Ltd [1947] KB 130


P leased apts to D. During war 1/3 were rented. Reduced rent for that period. Increased rent after that period.


Can D rely on the subsequent reliance for paying less rent?


TEST: If a promise is intended to be binding, intended to be acted upon, and was acted on, it is binding so far as the terms properly apply. – actual reliance – cant go back on word given = promissory estoppel.

If a promise is made and only intended to apply under certain conditions, once those conditions no longer exist, the promise is no longer binding.


When the apts became fully rented, the reduction ceased to apply


When can you apply the Hightrees principle?
**CANT apply it when no prior contractual relationship
**CAN apply when modifying a contract

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