Landlords' liability for sound insulation

The House of Lords has held that tenants cannot generally invoke common law remedies against their landlords where premises have been let with inadequate sound insulation. The decision in London Borough of Southwark and Another v Mills and Others (House of Lords, 21 October 1999) acknowledges the plight of tenants living in multiple-occupied older premises where insulation is so poor that even ordinary sounds made by neighbours can be unbearable. But the House of Lords has clearly indicated that the economic implications of upgrading are such that any solution must come from the Government and Parliament.

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