Cadogan v Chehab  EWHC 3297 (Admin), (only available on Casetrack) is noted in the current edition of Legal Action, but, so far as I can tell, hasn’t been picked up anywhere else. It’s only worthy of a short note though, which is set out below.
Chehab was the assured tenant of a flat owned by the appellant. The tenancy had arisen upon the expiry of a long leasehold interest. The rent had been agreed at £17,000 p.a. but, in 2008, the landlord served notice under s.13, Housing Act 1988, seeking to increase the rent to £29,120 p.a. and, in due course, the matter was referred to the Rent Assessment Committee.
Both parties put in evidence from a surveyor and were represented by their surveyors in the hearing. Following the hearing, the surveyor for the tenant submitted an additional report. The report was sent to the RAC but not to the landlord (the tenant apparently thought the RAC would forward a copy which, to be fair, it appears to have done with other, earlier, documents). Based partly on that supplemental report, the RAC set the rent at £22,500 p.a. The landlord appealed.
The appeal was allowed. It was wrong of the RAC to have made a decision based on the supplemental report without allowing the landlord to respond. Although the RAC appeared to have a practice of forwarding documents to the other party, it was advisable for the parties themselves to ensure that their documents were provided to the other side.
In addition, the RAC had erred in not taking into account the additional security of tenure conferred on an assured tenant and should have reflected this security in the rental level. The Judge declined to rule on what would happen if, taking that security into account, the RAC set the rent at more than £25,000 (such that security of tenure would be lost, as the tenancy could no longer be an assured tenancy).