Legal battle over Brocket estate cottages

PUBLISHED: 15:42 16 August 2013

19, 20 & 23 Ayot Green

19, 20 & 23 Ayot Green


A LEGAL battle between the owners of the Brocket Hall estate near Lemsford and the leaseholders has seen workers’ cottages change hands.

19, 20 & 23 Ayot Green19, 20 & 23 Ayot Green

Four properties in Ayot Green were the subject of a court battle last Wednesday, between the two parties at the heart of the historic Lemsford venue.

Last week a deputy district judge, sitting at Hertford County Court, ruled Brocket Hall International must hand over the properties to the Trustees of Brocket Hall “forthwith”.

It was also ordered that Brocket Hall International, which leases the estate, should cough up more than £14,000 to the trustees, and pay their court costs of £1,076.64.

Brocket Hall International claimed the court appearance related to the end of the lease on the properties.

John Keating, general manager at Brocket Hall, said: “The three year rolling tenancy was up in April, and we wanted to keep it and we lost.”

He said money ordered to be handed over related to rent from April “until now”.

Reflecting on the verdict Mr Keating said: “It would have been nice if we could have stayed a bit longer.

“Now we have to find new property for our staff [to live in].”

Rent costs of £32.87 per day in relation to 17 Ayot Green was ordered to be paid, until vacant possession is given.

And £90.41 was levied per day until vacant possession is given in relation to the other properties.

The trustees applied for double the rates and another hearing, scheduled for November, will hear that case.

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