As the plaintiff in Street v Mountford  1 AC 809, I read with interest Suzanne Gill’s article ‘Exclusive occupation’ in last week’s Gazette. In my own article ‘Coach and Horses Trip Cancelled? Rent Act Avoidance after Street v Mountford’ (The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, Sept-Oct 1985), I referred to the Court of Appeal decisions of the late 1970s which appeared to confirm a shift of emphasis from status to contract, with the ultimate test being one of intention.
Watts v Stewart  EWCA Civ 1247 emphasises that the true intention of the parties remains a significant factor in arriving at the decision as to whether the arrangement in question is a legal tenancy or a mere contractual licence.
Roger Street, Locum Solicitor, Christchurch